The Manchester Ship Canal with Frodsham Score ahead. An oasis in a diminishing landscape. Image by WSM.
High tide on Frodsham Score was most notable for the variety and abundance of birds there today. 2 Great White Egret had an entourage of 15 Little Egret scattered about. A Water Rail, 100 Oystercatcher, 6 Ringed, 1 Green Sandpiper, 100 Grey and 400 Golden Plover were also present. 30,000 Dunlin was impressive by any ones reckoning. 700 Canada Geese held just a single Barnacle and 34 Whooper Swans in two flocks plus 30 Mute and a solitary Black Swan. A flock of 300 Stock Dove on the score have to be the largest count in the county so far this year?
Observers: Frank Duff, Mark Payne, WSM.
Elsewhere a single Black-tailed Godwit was with 300 Common Teal, 6 Wigeon, 15 Pochard and 23 Tufted Duck on No 6 tank.
10 Raven were about No 5 tank. The big female Peregrine was aloft on the blue-topped chimney. 30 Linnet were in Elder bushes on No 3 tank.
6 Brambling and small numbers of Siskins along Godscroft Lane.
Frank tallied 66 species for the day and he wasn’t even ‘Footing It’!
Observers: Arthur Harrison, Paul Crawley, WSM, Nigel, Harley and Findlay Wilde.
The Wilde Boys enjoying birding on No 6 tank. Image by WSM.
Common Snipe by Findlay Wilde. wildeaboutbirds.blogspot.co.uk