Marsh Harrier (male) hunting the banks of No 5 tank-Manchester Ship Canal, male & female Blackcap, Linnet, Chiffchaff and a Lesser Redpoll at the Pig Farm, Ince Marshes.
Observer & image: Stuart Maddocks.
55 Wheatear in ploughed field just over Marsh Lane bridge this afternoon plus 6 in horse paddock and 7 more seen along Lordship Lane
Observer: Arthur Harrison, Brian Baird.
What an early evening. 114+ Wheatear mainly males but a few female in the horse paddock field and fields on the left leading up to No 6 tank, 1 male Yellow Wagtail also on fields on left leading up to No 6 tank.
Male Redstart observed by a birder named Rob on Moorditch Lane between No 5 & 6.
1st year (male?) Merlin and second bird present near Pumping Station/Splashing Pool and male Marsh Harrier over No 6 tank. The image shows some bluish-grey upper scapular feathers. Also 14 White Wagtail and 4 Whimbrel.
Observer & images: Paul Crawley, Frank Duff.
A good turn out for the WeBS meeting this evening with 25 people attending at Wigg Island Visitor Centre. Nice to see two distinct birding generations present with the elder statesman of local birding Graham Thomason (age undisclosed) and the young gun Findlay Wilde (11 years) pictured above. Both of them sharing a thorough insight into the historical status of our waders/ducks and geese on the River Mersey. Well done to Dermot Smith for his presentation. Locking up in the dark after the meeting I heard a Common Sandpiper flying along the shoreline below.
Earlier in the day at 2.20 pm a male Redstart behind St Augustine’s Church, Runcorn.
Observer: WSM, Tony Spencer