40 Tufted Duck, 60 Common Shelduck and 6 Common Teal were along the flooded section. A couple of Little Ringed Plover were in south-west corner of No.6 tank where a White Wagtail was also present. Across the marsh on the River Weaver 56 Tufted Duck, 12 Gadwall and a pair of Great Crested Grebe were settled.
Four Avocet at the ‘Shooters Pools’ and 100 Curlew, 250 Black-tailed Godwit and a probable Grey Plover were glimpsed over the banks of Frodsham Score from Marsh Farm
These Jackdaw give this bullock a barbershop quartet of ‘ back, sack and crack’ as they pull fur from the beast.
The bird of the day must be the female Redstart that was seen on and off in Cherry trees bordering the banks of No.5-3 tanks. A Yellow Wagtail was flying over No.3 and disappeared over 5. It or another was over the Weaver Bend later in the evening.
The male Whinchat looked like a tiny Wheatear compared to its 4 larger cousins who were feeding along the pipes by the old birdlog. Presumably these Wheatear were the birds seen by Marsh Farm an hour or two earlier.
Another White Wagtail was by the track to the farm.
A female Marsh Harrier was perched up on a fence close to the Weaver Causeway and soon after she departed, she was replaced by the male who was earlier hunting the reed beds of No.6 tank.
Common Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler and Swallow seem to have arrived en masse and are already setting up their territories. A Grasshopper Warbler was ‘reeling’ by Redwall reed bed towards dusk.
Observers: Frank Duff, Paul Crawley, Emily Traynor, WSM (and images).