As part of our daily exercise we walk the length of Moorditch Lane taking in No.6 tank en route to the ‘splashing pool’ and back. The majority was still frozen over with a thin layer of water laying on its surface. A collective flock of c900 Eurasian Teal were present with 29 Northern Pintail, 22 Mallard, 7 Common Shelduck and 17 Northern Shoveler.
The ‘splashing pool’ had a few Eurasian Teal and Northern Shoveler but not a lot de to the area being frozen.
Observers: JS & WSM (images 1-2).
A late afternoon walk around Ince. My walk around Kinsey Lane didn’t produce any egrets in the pig fields, just 2 Grey Heron foraging amongst the handful of pigs left rooting about. Northern Lapwing were plentiful with several Common Snipe amongst them and c30 Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail and a charm of European Goldfinch were feeding in the stubble.
Out on Frodsham Score salt marsh were several hundred Canada Goose were by the river with c200 Common Shelduck and Mallard closer to the Mancheser Ship Canal with 3 Little Egret and a single Great Egret bring observerd from the road. The ponds held a mixed flock of c150 Eurasian Teal, Northern Shoveler, Mallard. Gadwall, c30 Eurasian Coot, 2 Little Grebe and several Common Moorhen.
At dusk several skeins of Pink-footed Goose, c700 made their way to the salt marsh for the evening.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 3-4).