I managed a couple of hours on the marshes this afternoon and another walk down Kinsey Lane produced only 2 Western Cattle Egret with a couple of Little Egret and 4 Grey Heron amongst the pigs at their farm along the track.The nature pools were very quiet with no ducks at all on them just, a raft of c30 Eurasian Coot, 3 Common Moorhen and a pair of Mute Swan.
I continued my walki towards Ince Berth where a Short-eared Owl flew up in front of me and then a few more paces and a Eurasian Woodcock did the same.
Looking over Frodsham Score salt marsh and a skein of c800 Pink-footed Goose dropped down to graze on the short grass.
Redwing and Fieldfare were foraging along the Manchester Ship Canal path as were a mixed flock of finches and Common Reed Bunting.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-3).
While Paul was on west end duty we took a hike along Moorditch Lane and then a circular walk of No.6 tank. Winter thrushes were moving about in the low mist with resonating Cetti’s Warblers sounded out across the marsh today.
A look across No.6 tank had a fair selection of ducks with 41 Common Pochard, 231 Northern Shoveler, 11 Northern Pintail, c400 Eurasian Teal, smaller numbers of Mallard and Gadwall. A huge flock of Northern Lapwing erupted from Frodsham Score and could be seen flying over our heads and c450 Pink-footed Goose flew in to the salt marshes as seen from the ‘phalarope pool’.
A look across Lordship Marsh and the 31 Whooper Swan were still present, although 6-7 were seen on No.6 tank earlier.
Observers: JS & WSM (image 4).