The eclipse drake Garganey was again with the 400 Teal in the evening, 1 Pintail, 5 Wigeon, 24 Shoveler and 23 Tufted Duck. On the tide 45 Ringed Plover, 30 Golden Plover, 250 Dunlin, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Sanderling, 1 Turnstone, 8 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Redshank.
Above image of stricken Dunlin on No 6 tank.
A big female Peregrine hurtled out of the sky to ambush the wader roost and selecting her victim she hit hard and fast. Unfortunately for her and her victim the strike was a glancing blow throwing her selected Dunlin prey spinning into the water. Despite several attempts to retrieve her meal she gave up and left the mortally wounded Dunlin struggling to find dry land. During these attacks the wader was observed diving below the water surface to avoid capture. The luck or lack of it, of the Dunlin was short-lived (very much like its future existence).
Dunlin of subspecies alpina (probably female) with Common Teal, No 6 tank. All images by WSM.
A Great Spotted Woodpecker over No 6 tank and small parties of Siskin, Meadow Pipit and Skylark were part of ‘vismig’ and being noteworthy.
All reports from No 6 tank except for 400 Lapwings over Frodsham Score and a Raven over No 4 tank.
Observers: Paul Crawley, Peter and Richard Nicholls, WSM.