We took a walk along Moorditch Lane where the cold gloomy conditions didn’t fill us with much enthusiasm but whirling flocks of both Redwing and Fieldfare ranging widely did hint at some sort of promise. A couple of Common Starling perched on the telegraph wires alongside the lane had one showing a rich white (Ring Ouzel) gorget and a couple of fetching white back braces.
Walking up the ramp track to No.5 tank and a look over the banks on to No.6 tank produced c500 Eurasian Teal sheltering in the leaward of the bank. The Northern Shoveler flock were a little hardier choosing to settle in the centre of water. A small number of both Northern Pintail and Mallard were also there.
The pools on No.3 tank had more Eurasian Teal with a flock of c70 Eurasian Wigeon. Further ducks were in the much sheltered pools of the ‘splashing pool’, and not surprisingly no ducks on the ‘phalarope pool’ due to its exposed position. A skein of c100 Pink-footed Goose flew from the south west to drop down on the south Mersey marshes. Northern Lapwing were moving about in flocks of several hundred.
A look south west from the corner of No.6 & No.4 tanks did produced c30 Whooper Swan hiding and keeping out of the biting northerly wind just below Spring Farm. At my position a Common Chiffchaff was calling from the bank below.
A large flock of (you’ve got to be in it to…) Linnet were bouncing in and out of the partially flooded maize fields, and finally a Great Spotted Woodpecker in an Ash tree by the pony paddock at the end of our walk.
Observers: JS & WSM (images).