A touch of Spring in the air this morning with Song Thrush and Blackbird competing with each other, followed by European Robin, Wren and Cetti’s Warbler all providing the backing vocals along Brook Furlong Lane. Out on the River Weaver was c30 Common Goldeneye with 7 drakes displaying. There were many Canada Goose pairs, pair bonding and including the part leucistic bird. A Pair of Eurasian Oystercatcher were laying claim to their territory on the far bank and a pair of Common Ringed Plover were noted.
A Common Buzzard must have been tired of a diet of lamb and mutton so sat it out in a field catching worms while dozens of Raven dining on lambing casualties of birth. Good numbers of Tufted Duck and Common Pochard were on the water with Mallard, Eurasian Teal, Gadwall, Northern Shoveler and Common Shelduck being present.
Eurasian Skylark were singing and a Meadow Pipit performed its parachute flight in the fields alongside the river. There were two pairs of European Stonechat were along the river and Manchester Ship Canal.
Thousands of Northern Lapwing took to the air and were spooked by a couple of Common Buzzard. Looking over No.6 tank and more ducks were present with several Little Grebe calling from the reed beds. A large flock of Eurasian Wigeon were grazing alongside the Canada Goose on No.3 tank while15 Black-tailed Godwit fed in the shallow water of the mitigation pool.
A herd of 24 Whooper Swan,3 Greylag and the white domestic goose were grazing on Lordship Marsh close to the junction of No.4 and No.6 tanks. Further along the lane and a group of 10 (possibly more) European Stonechat were feeding alongside the track on Lordship lane.
A couple of Brown Hare and a Red Fox were seen at a secluded location on my walk. I stopped at Kinsey Lane, Ince on my way home where 2 Western Cattle Egret and a Little Egret were with the pigs
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-3 & 5 & 7).
We took our daily ramble along the lanes of the marsh where the herd of 24 Whooper Swan were still enjoying the benefits of the lush grass in fields alongside Lordship Lane. They even had time to perform their ritual head bowing display. We saw Paul’s 9 European Stonechat and added an additional 2 to his total further along the lane.
A scan over Frodsham Score revealed several hundred Pink-footed Goose, 7 Little and 6 Great Egret. An adult male Peregrine and a female Merlin made additional observations for me. Our first Buff-tailed Bumble Bee of the year flew past us on our walk.
The ‘splashing pool’ had 10 Eurasian Teal, 10 Northern Shoveler and 7 Mallard. The adjacent ‘phalarope pool’ also had Eurasian Teal with c110 birds, 7 Shoveler and 8 Gadwall. The pools further out onto No.3 tank produced 76 Eurasian Wigeon, c350 Eurasian Teal and 21 Northern Shoveler. An additional 6 European Stonechat were along the fence line.
No.6 tank was showing more muddy margins and 3 Common Redshank will do for starters. Ducks included: c450 Eurasian Teal, 87 Tufted Duck, 61 Common Pochard and c200 Common Shelduck.
Observers: JS & WSM (image 8).
A dark immature Western Marsh Harrier was by Frodsham Swing bridge earlier todaty as seen by Gary Worthington.
Thanks to David Eisner who we met with his wife along Lordship Lane where he took these excellent images of some of the birds there (images 4 & 6 & 9).