Took my daily walk along the River Weaver this morning, but the change in weather means the birds from yesterday have moved on with no sign of the Greylag herd of the fancy decorative Black Swan pair. There was however a decent number of ducks, but alas mostly on the far side and thus to distant for scrutiny. The Tufted Duck, Eurasian Teal, Common Pochard, Mallard, Common Shelduck, Gadwall and Common Goldeneye were all present with several Great Crested Grebe and plenty of Eurasian Coot. A herd of c300 Canada Goose and 10 Mute Swan were on the river with more Canada Goose out on the estuary.A flock of Dunlin were huddled together at the edge of the River Mersey with Eurasian Curlew and Common Redshank feeding close by 2 Little Egret joining them.
The fields close to Marsh Farm held a mixed flock of several hundred Northern Lapwing and European Golden Plover with Fieldfare, Song Thrush and Redwing foraging amongst them.
No.6 tank still had a covering of thin ice and the Eurasian Teal were crowded together at one end but were flushed by a Common Buzzard looking for any signs of weakness in their flanks. A Little Egret was sat in the field alongside Hares Lane and another Common Buzzard sat on a post agitating the Common Moorhen in the ditch below.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-2).
Our daily walk routine took us around No.6 tank along the tracks avoiding other walkers.
A Peregrine flew over and caused a bit of bother with the plovers feeding in the fields. Another bird (female) was sat on top of the blue topped chimney at Weston Point.
There wasn’t a lot more to add to what Paul had seen earlier but a couple of Western Marsh Harrier coming in from the Mersey Estuary with c3000 Pink-footed Goose moving to Frodsham Score at dusk from the direction of the Dee Marshes was unexpected considering their movements recently. 400 European Golden Plover, Water Rail. Cetti’s Warbler and a Common chiffchaff were the only other distractions on our hike.
Observers: JS & WSM (images 3-4).