Image of Pumping Station/Splashing Pool – No 3 and No 6 tank.
6 Buzzards and 10 Ravens over No 3 tank, 30 Snipe in flooded fields by Hill View Farm, Kestrels were noted in mating display. 300 Lapwing between No 6 and No 5 tanks, 60 Reed Bunting by the model airfield at Lordship Marsh, 1,000 Starlings Over No 3 tank, 100 Goldfinch and 20 Linnet on path between No 3 and No 6 tanks.
Observer: Lee Lappin.
Frodsham Score was on top form with 27 ‘Wild’ Swans’ being 20 Whooper and 7 Bewick’s. 8 Little Egret and a Great White Egret calling and seeking out its mate hidden in the tidal gutter (will they won’t they?). Over 1000 Canada Geese attracted a land based flock of 75 Pink-footed Goose on the score side of the Holpool Gutter eventually crossing over to the Ince side and spending the tide there.
Wader wise a gathering pre-high tide of 600 Lapwing and 800 Golden Plover included a handful of birds starting their summer plumage. A solitary Grey Plover and 9 Dunlin were in surprisingly small numbers considering their recent high counts. 8,000 Starling were feeding out on the score and occasionally gathering in flight to make an impressive bait ball with the back ground of Hale lighthouse adding to the scene. Raptors were few and far between with both Peregrine and Merlin resting up rather than taking action over the abundant food store present.
Two Short-eared Owl over No 4 tank attracted the attention of the local ‘hoodies’ aka Ravens. The latter species reaching a total of 15 birds at various locations. Birds were again gorging on dead sheep on the score
No 6 tank: 200 Common Teal, 57 Mallard including a white Aylesbury type, 45 Tufted Duck, 16 Pochard, 20 Wigeon, 4 Pintail, 30 Common Shelduck, 6 Gadwall and a pair of squabbling Water Rail.
Observers: Frank Duff, WSM.
All images by WSM.