Weather; Mild with sunny spells.
Blog updates have been somewhat slack recently due to contributors being abroad, working away e.t.c. Hopefully with spring around the corner and people back in place updates will resume as normal.
A good bash around the Neston Old Quay area today produced the following sightings; 2 Hen Harriers (ringtails), a single immature Marsh Harrier and a Great White Egret were in the Neston Marsh area. A Short-eared Owl was off Denhall Quay. 6 Water Pipits were identified on the inner freshwater section of the marsh on a long transect between the Harp Inn and Parkgate. This species must be far more widespread than currently thought with recent sightings from as far south as Burton marsh and north to Heswall. 4 Rock Pipits were further out on the saltmarsh opposite the Old Quay, one being an obvious littoralis race bird and the others presumably so. Over 60 Skylarks were also counted here.
Inland 2 Chiffchaffs are wintering at the Neston sewage works together with around 10 Grey Wagtails.
A flock of 23 Redwings were in the field to the south of the path leading past the sewage works. Among them were two darker birds, one in particular ticking all the boxes for an Icelandic Redwing (coburni race) See photo's. Observer EW.