Our walk along Moorditch Lane was cut short by a small flock of Redwing, Blackbird and Song Thrush attempting t find food in the frozen fields of the horse paddocks. A brisk cold north easterly whipped throgh the marshes with occasional flurries of snow sweeping in.
No.6 tank had c400 Eurasian Teal, c150 Northern Shoveler and a small number of Mallard. The fields of No.5 tank held onto 100’s of Northern Lapwing with 17 Black-tailed Godwit whirling around and c500 European Golden Plover had a small number attaining their first flushes of summer plumage.
A look over the banks produced 7 Barnacle and hundreds of both Canada and Pink-footed Goose. A lone Great Egret blended in well with the mini blizzard. A female Western Marsh Harrier dropped into join the geese on the marsh and another flew over the tanks.
Observers: JS & WSM (images and video).
Also seen were the herd of Whooper Swan back in the fields below the ramp track between No.4 & No.6 tanks at Lordship Lane per Jacqui & Idris Roberts. The Greater Scaup was spotted by Roger Wilkinson on the River Weaver and a possible Goosander also on the river.