We called in at Delamere Forest for a bit of rambling with a spot of birding. Walking up to Pale Heights was delayed as we watched two Lesser Whitethroat competing for territorial rights in the hedgerow bordering the road. A very vocal Cuckoo was constantly singing and seemed settle by trail post 54 and a drake Mandarin looked out of place as it flew over the pine trees.
On top of Pale Heights there were hundreds of St Marks Fly scattered and in acts reminiscent of scenes from the film ‘Caligula’.
Frank Duff had earlier found a drake Garganey on No.6 tank, so on the way home we stopped off at No.6 tank to see the bird. It wasn’t long before it was relocated sitting below the bank on the far side by the drainage towers. It eventually flew out and settled on the water with 50 Tufted Duck, 6 Mallard, 3 Common Teal and 20 Common Shelduck.
Nearby on No.5 tank were 50 Jackdaw and 10 Raven with a couple of Buzzard hanging around waiting for something to happen.
Observers: Sparky, WSM (and images).