I was hanging the washing out first thing this morning (very domesticated) and a skein of c250 Pink-footed Goose flew over from the Mersey Estuary heading in an easterly direction.
We took ourselves out to Tatton Park today for a walk around the area. Arriving at the wildlife section of Tatton Mere and I found 5 colour ringed Black-headed Gull loafing about on the partially submerged fence that separates the main water body from the cordoned off area for wildlife. A selection of Common Pochard, Tufted Duck and smaller numbers of Common Goldeneye. A skein of 38 Pink-footed Goose flew over the mere heading north west and the same 38 birds reappeared an hour or so later and a Green Woodpecker was evading me getting a photo.
I’ll update this post as and when I get details on the colour ringed gulls.
Observers: JS & WSM (images 1-6).
I paid a late visit to Ince after work this afternoon. The 3 Western Cattle Egret and 2 Little Egret were again amongst the pigs along Kinsey Lane, Ince. A skein of c80 Pink-footed Goose made their way to the Mersey Estuary for the night followed by a flock of c30 Black-tailed Godwit. There was little on the pools apart from 8 Eurasian Coot, 2 pairs of Mallard, 2 Eurasian Teal and a pair of Mute Swan with one sporting a green darvic ring, a single Grey Heron looked surly alongside them.
There were 7 Little Egret dropped down at the edge of the screen pool before going to roost nearby. While walking past the pig field on my way home in near darkness the 3 Western Cattle Egret were still busy night foraging.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 7-9).