We spent the afternoon walking around Blakemere at Delamere Forest and managed to get 3 adult (pairs?) territorial Mediterranean Gull. One particular aggressive adult almost beheaded a Black-headed Gull that ventured to close to its patch. Also noted was a Cuckoo by the caravan park and the first Stinkhorn fungi of the year.
Observers: Sparky, WSM.
A couple of hours birding along No.6 tank and the Shooter’ pools was needed after sorting the back garden out and my reluctant shopping duties.
123 Common Shelduck were present on No.6 tank with 93 Tufted Duck, a single Little Grebe and a solitary Black-tailed Godwit were noted from the west end of the tank.
Across the marsh on the River Weaver were 4 pairs Great Crested Grebe, an additional 33 Tufted Duck and Gadwall. Close by the Avocet pair were obviously distressed and kept flying to and fro across the river calling constantly and with no sigh of the remaining chick it appears they have now lost all of their young!
I ended the day with the lights of Ineos Chlor twinkling in the distance and a Fox hunting the banks of one of the tanks.
Observer and image: WSM