A stroll along Moorditch Lane around No.6 tank and back via Lordship Marsh was the order of play. The big female Peregrine was sat on top of the blue topped chimney at Weston Point and a few Common Raven were gorging on an inflated cow that had fallen dead some time ago and is bloating by the day. A small skein of Pink-footed Goose flew over heading to Frodsham Score and at the junction of No.5/6/3 tanks a Common Chiffchaff was contact calling. The gunshot damaged legged female Western Marsh Harrier from previous years flew over and quartered the reed beds on No.6 tank.
Looking out over Lordship Marsh and wind turbine contractors and some shooters were in the fields so the Whooper Swan herd had relocated to fields behind the GrowHow works and safely out of the cold wind blowing.
A small number of c120 Eurasian Teal, 97 Northern Shoveler, 12 Northern Pintail with 14 Mallard and 9 Little Grebe.
The 3 Western Cattle Egret, 2 Little Egret, a single Grey Heron and several Eurasian Curlew were foraging amongst the pigs at Kinsey Lane, Ince which were watched over by a Common Buzzard.
Out on Frodsham Score salt marsh were 3 Great Egret feeding with the Canada Goose and Pink-footed Goose flocks. The fields alongside the Holpool Gutter held 4 Mute Swan, c50 Eurasian Curlew and the leg damaged Western Marsh Harrier seen earlier passed overhead again. Five more Little Egret and a mass of Black-headed Gull were feeding in the field at the junction of Lordship Lane and Lower Rake Lane. A walk along the lane to look for the Whooper Swan herd drew a blank.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images1-4).
Image 5 by Duncan Cowley.