Sunday 7th January 2024 Ellesmere area

First day out of the year saw ten members walking around Colemere on a cloudy morning.

On the mere we had goldeneye, goosander, great crested grebe, mallard, tufted duck and herring gull. Ian thought he was the only one not to catch a glimpse of the kingfisher fly past! A water rail was heard but not seen as usual. In the wooded areas redwing, mistle thrush, song thrush, long-tailed tit, nuthatch plus various other woodland birds were observed.

We then moved onto Wood Lane nature reserve hoping to sit in one of the hides and have lunch only to find the gates firmly padlocked.

Change of plans; we moved on to the main mere at Ellesmere. We spent a short period scanning the mere and added shoveler, teal, wigeon and common gull. A long discussion ensued over a possible caspian gull /herring gull but the jury is still out. Had lunch in the cars and then half of the group moved on to Whixall floods.

From the car park at Morris’ Bridge we walked along the canal to the mammoth tower and viewed the moss. Pintail were seen on the floods with small flocks of siskin and redpoll in the alders along the canal and flocks of thrushes, redwing and fieldfare brought another cold but dry day to an end.

Common Gull