We decided on a long walk across the marshes starting from Moorditch Lane out to Ince marsh fields. The icy tracks were still trecherous to walk over but birding calls and you have to take the call.
No.6 tank was 90% frozen but there areas that weren’t had c600 Eurasian Teal, 6 Northern Pintail, 1 Eurasian Wigeon, 11 Mallard, 4 Common Shelduck and 6 Gadwall.
The Whooper Swan herd of 21 birds were still in the flooded fields on Lordship Lane with a few hundred Black-headed Gull. A sien of c100 Pink-footed Goose flew over to the north.
A look by the Holpool Gutter produced 6 European Stonechat, 1 Mistle Thrush, several Redwing, 121 Linnet and 2 Common Chiffchaff (bringing the total of 5 wintering this year).
Frodsham Score had a few Pink-footed Goose, 2 Great and 7 Little Egret but two wildfowlers out by the rivers edge must have seen most of the birds to find sanctuary elsewhere. A dog Red Fox was chasing a calling female onto the banks of the tank and a Eurasian Oystercatcher was probing the grassy banks for food.
Walking back along Moorditch Lane a male Peregrine was chasing a female in their courtship display.
Observers: JS & WSM (images).