A large skein of c5000 Pink-footed Goose passed over Stanlow heading east this morning a change in direction and numbers (2000) from yesterday when there were yesterday. A look over the salt marsh at high tide and a mass of Dunlin were moving about the tide line many settling by the mouth of the River Gowy.
After work a quick visit to Ince on my daily exercise routine produced a single Little Egret with the pigs at the pig farm on Kinsey Lane and a flock of c150 Northern Lapwing and c80 Common Snipe were foraging in the stubble. There were two possibly four Common Chiffchaff noted feeding at the bottom of a hedge and c40 Pied Wagtail and a single Grey Wagtail were also foraging in the stubble.
Out on Frodsham Score and Ince salt marsh was a Western Marsh Harrier that at on a piece of driftwood with a couple of hundred Common Shelduck feeding close by, and 2 more Little Egret and a single Great Egret were present. A party of 4 Eurasian Curlew joined forces and drove away a couple of Carrion Crow off the marsh.
Observer and image: Paul Ralston. Paul is now now twitter: @PaulRalston17
A Green Sandpiper was below the new bridge at Wigg Island, Runcorn (WSM).