We took a hike in the cold south westerly wind sweeping across the marshes backed up by a steady threat of looming rain clouds.
A look across Lordship Marsh from Lordship Lane was quite fortuitous with the family of 2 adults and 2 juvenile Bewick’s Swan relocated from their fields close to the M56. The birds were feeding in a field close to the lane and gave really good views compared to looking from the footbridge over the noisy M56. Further towards Spring Farm and the herd of 21 Whooper Swan could be found.
A look over the reed beds of No.6 tank at dusk produced 3 Western Marsh Harrier while the ‘phalarope pool’ had numerous Northern Shoveler and Eurasian Teal, with 47 Eurasian Coot on the Canal Pools. The fields of No.3 tank were covered with Northern Lapwing and European Golden Plover worming the wet fields with attendant Black-headed Gull flocks picking up on both plovers industrious work.
A look over the flooded No.6 tank produced 3 Black-tailed Godwit, c500 Eurasian Teal, Common Shelduck, Mallard and Northern Shoveler. A Barn Owl was hunting along the lane and pitched up in a tree for a brief period before disappearing over the bank.
A small flock of 16 Common Moorhen were feeding in the ploughed field alongside Moorditch Lane.
Observers: JS & WSM (images and video).