Our daily walk allowence brought us to the marsh for a step along the length of it. A Lesser Redpoll called and landed briefly in a bush on the bank by the track. Further out and on Lordship Lane huge numbers of Black-headed and lesser numbers of Common Gull were following the slurry tanker in the fields by Lower Rake Lane.
The 22 (2 juvenile) Whooper Swan and a single Mute were flushed (literally) by the shit spreader off the fields and back to relative safety of Ince marsh fields.
A look over the salt marshes revealed 7 Barnacle, c500 Pink-footed, a Greylag and c1000 Canada Goose. Up to 4 Great Egret and a few Little Egret were about the tidal gutters.
The ‘splashing pool’ had 32 Eurasian Teal, 17 Northern Shoveler and 7 Mallard which across the way on the mitigation scrapes were Eurasian Wigeon & Teal, Northern Shoveler and more Mallard. A couple of European Stonechat popped up and down from the floor.
No.6 tank still hasn’t recovered the numbers of duck since the freeze last week but had c330 Eurasian Teal, 121 Northern Shoveler, 6 Tufted Duck and a female/imm Common Goldeneye.
Observers: JS & WSM (images).