06.10.12. Birdlog

06.10.12. Birdlog

Whooper Swan over No 6 tank. Image by Paul Crawley

A Whooper Swan was present for a short period in the morning on No 6 tank (PC).

2 Peregrine, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 50 Golden  Plover, 1 Water Rail calling, at least half a dozen Sparrowhawk sightings, 6  Ruff, 20 Pied Wagtails all on No 6 tank.

Observers: Paul Crawley, Frank Duff, Alyn Chambers, Don Weedon

An evening watch on No 6 tank saw 67 Common Teal with two Garganey, 16 Shelduck, 40 Tufted Duck and 4 Shoveler.

23 Lapwing, 170 Golden Plover, 6 Ruff, a single Black-tailed Godwit and a flock of 17 Common Snipe with an additional 5 birds flushed by the juvenile Marsh Harrier.

Several Goldcrests were calling along the top banks.

Observer: WSM

Common Teal (left) and two Garganey (right). Image by WSM.

Garganey left and right and Common Teal centre. Image by WSM.

It appears the Manchester Ship Canal Company (Peel Holdings) are placing a gate at the approach to No 6 tank. Please consider this in future when parking on the ramp and please refrain from blocking access to the tank for work vehicles.