No.6 tank was a little off colour with some monochrome birds adding to the monochrome skies for a long period. 100 Common Shelduck, 24 Tufted Duck and 4 Avocet were the main culprits. When the sun broke through 1 Ringed and 2 Little Ringed Plover made themselves visible.
A male Marsh Harrier looked urgent flying across No.5 tank. Later a female and what I suspect to be a cross dressing male (an interesting article about this type here: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21138-zoologger-the-only-crossdressing-bird-of-prey.html#.U0lqRfldX9A ) were calling to each other high over No.5 tank later in the afternoon.
A walk down to the Weaver Bend to check the Weaver estuary and the ‘Shooters Pools’ adjacent to ‘the Lum’ was rewarded with 2 Great Crested Grebe, 16 Gadwall, 57 Tufted Duck, 2 Mute Swan, a female Marsh Harrier, 27 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher and a Little Ringed Plover which later leaped across the River Weaver to settle on Weston Marsh tank.
A view looking south-west towards Helsby Hill. The grassy area was once sludge and a stop off point for thousands of migrating shorebirds before the sludge tank became obsolete and the grass eventually took over.
The towering chimney at Weston Point hosted a ‘big’ Peregrine from mid morning
A male Wheatear feeding at the back of the ‘Shooters Pool’ and a Swallow moved through. Chiffchaff were again everywhere and a solitary Blackcap was singing from Half Furlong Lane and another was agitated by something in a tree along Moorditch Lane.
Observers: Paul Crawley, Frank Duff, WSM (and images).