I managed an hour and forty minutes of birding this evening until the sun sank over Stanlow Oil Refinery…How serene.
The image (opposite) shows the tail end of a model aircraft that crashed on No 6 tank sometime ago. A very expensive ‘adult toy’ and now a convenient perched for the local crows.
Watching from the south banks of No 6 tank helped with the evening light. Duck species continue to be the main attraction with 100+ Mallard, 2 Pintail, 9 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 50 Tufted Duck, 12 Common Pochard and 150 Common Teal.
600 Golden Plover and 400 Lapwing were impressive when they all rose in the air frightened by some unseen threat?
A female Hen Harrier dropped down to roost on the tank and a female Marsh Harrier was hunting over No 4 tank until light stopped play.
10 Ravens were ever-present and are swiftly becoming something of common sight here. Reed Buntings gathered for a communal roost with in excess of 100 birds present.
Opposite Reed Bunting in hawthorn tree on the southern bank of No 6 tank.
Mud glorious mud and plenty of it! No 6 tank looking north-east from the south-west.
A Little Egret watched over No 5 tank by Arthur Harrison added to a good day tally.
A jet with its vapour trail scarring the evening sky.
All images by WSM.