I started my walk at Brook Furlong Lane this morning with Redwing, Song Thrush and Common Starling were feeding in the pony paddock and a mixed flock of tits made their way along the lane.
A pair of Common Raven flew overhead performing several barrel rolls as they went on their way. Onto the River Weaver where a flock of 20 Common Goldeneye with 3 displaying males noted. Good numbers of Common Pochard were by the jetty with Tufted Duck, Common Shelduck, Mallard and Eurasian Teal, but didnt see the Great Scaup which could have been hidden amongst the ducks on the far side of the river. There was just 2 juvenile Mute Swan with the many Canada Goose herd on the water.
A flock of Northern Lapwing and Common Redshank made their way up river and c200 Eurasian Curlew were feeding on the mudbanks on the Mersey Estuary. A herd of c500 Canada Goose were on the field by Marsh Farm with a large flock of Northern Lapwing panicking on a regular basis. Common Raven were on patrol over the lambing fields doing a fine job of cleaning up any waste with 4 Great Black-backed Gull also in attendance. A flock of 23 Common Snipe were seen on No.3 tank and a pair of European Stonechat were along Alder Lane.
I paused at Ince on my way home where a flock of c100 Pied Wagtail, a single Grey Wagtail, many Chaffinch, Western Reed Bunting and at least 1 Common Chiffchaff were feeding along the hedge in the stubble field. Also 3 Great Egret and 5 Little Egret were out on the salt marsh with a flock of c200 Pink-footed Goose. There were hundreds of corvids feeding out on the marsh and a large flock of Northern Lapwing and Dunlin were out by the mouth of the River Gowy.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 2-3).
While Paul was out doing his thing we were walking the tracks of Moorditch Lane for a much shorter ramble than previous ones. The contractors working on the drainage towers on No.6 tank off for Sunday the ducks took advantage and returned in much smaller numbers. A skein of c100 Pink-footed Goose flew from the north and headed south while others were out on the marsh.
A Great Egret was out on the marsh and newly born lambs were shivering in the cold easterly wind.
Observers: JS & WSM (images 1 & 4).
23 Whooper Swan still in fields off Lordship Lane.