A mid morning walk clockwise around No.6 tank in the pouring rain (it didn’t stop from start to finish).
A couple of Green Sandpiper were busy feeding along the margins of the increasingly flloded fields adjacent to Hares Lane. There were numerous Chaffinch along Lordship Lane but stopping to look required numerous daps at soaking up the rain from my optics.
I looked across to the fields by the M56 and the 21 Whooper Swan had with them the family of four Bewick’s Swan, 2 Mute Swan and 35 Pink-footed Goose. A man walking along the edge of the field by the M56 got way to close to the swans and they all lifted from the grass and did a curcuit of the field before the Whooper herd headed out to No.6 tank while the Bewick’s headed straight for the south Mersey marshes.
By the time I had reached the viewing area by No.6 tank the Whooper Swan herd of 21 birds were settled on the water and approached me whilst I was standing on the bank. There were hundreds of Eurasian Teal, c150 Northern Shoveler, 27 Northern Pintail, c70 Mallard, 21 Common Shelduck, 7 Tufted Duck and 24 Common Pochard.
Observer: WSM (images and video).
I met Mark (Whipper) Gibson along Moorditch Lane and he had been down by the river with his observations of 29 Common Pochard, 260 Tufted Duck, 70 European Golden Plover, a Water Rail,a Common Chiffchaff and a Barn Owl.