We took a tramp down to the marsh and along the lanes. The herd of 25 (2 juvenile) Whooper Swan were munching grass close to the track and below the turbines on Lordship Marsh. A Common Chiffchaff was contact calling on the bank and a flock of c150 Linnet attracted in with them 5 Lesser Redpoll and 4 European Stonechat were by Lower Rake Lane junction with Lordship Lane..
A quick look across Frodsham Score and c3000 of Pink-footed Goose were grazing contently on the grass swarth. A hour later and the entire herd of 2.5 – 3 thousand pinks rose from the salt marsh and flew around the area before resettling. A Great Egret was in the tall grass and flocks of shorebirds were moving about the mudflats.
No.3 tank had 100’s of ducks with Eurasian Teal, Shoveler and Eurasian Wigeon being the most prominent. Flocks of European Golden Plover were conclealed in the tall grass and out of view and the odd Black-tailed Godwit were dozing in the bright sunshine.
Looking across No.6 tank also had ducks galore with c400 Eurasian Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, 61 Common Pochard and 57 Tufted Duck.
Observer: WSM (images 1-6 & video).
Hale lighthouse from Frodsham Marsh.
An after work walk to Ince this afternoon with three Western Cattle Egret and 9 Little Egret foraging amongst the pigs at Kinsey Lane pig farm. A Common Chiffchaff was again in the hedgerow and a group of Fieldfare sat on top of a sycamore tree. On the nature reserve pools and the Mute Swan pair have now driven last years young away and now have the pool to themselves.
Ducks numbers have improved with Mallard, Eurasian Teal and Northern Shoveler. A Lesser Redpoll was feeding on weed seeds and a group of 10 Eurasian Curlew dropped into feed in a wet field.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 7-9).
The Whooper Swan herd as seen by Phil Barker yesterday (images 10-11).