In the red and off Redwall Reedbed is still the beautifully plumaged Red-necked Grebe. (A bird that offers some excellent photographic opportunities, but bear in mind that some birders are creating a path to the river bank which in turn encourages others to follow suit and may disturb other birds from their traditional sheltering corner here. Eds)
A walk around No’s 4 and 6 tank this morning with a mixed bag of birds to report. A Peregrine flying over the west side of Lordship Lane. There were several clutches of Moorhen, Coot and Mallard in the Holpool Gutter.
There were 3 Marsh Harrier (2 adult & a juvenile) flying about the area and the female was carrying a prey item . There were large numbers of Raven feeding on a sheep carcase on Frodsham Score. Small bands of young Goldfinch and Whitethroat were seen in scattered locations. Both Sedge and Reed Warblers are still holding territories and still singing. There was a Oystercatcher with 2 chicks on No.6 and a pair of Teal, a solitary Pochard amongst the Tufted Duck, Mallard and Common Shelduck to add to the basket.
Observer: Paul Ralston
Images: Findlay Wilde