I can get use to these evenings of after work birding ablaze in summer sunshine and excellent light.
I walked down from the old birdlog at the south-east corner of No.1 tank along the now dried up track bordered either side by pig sty scented Hogweed and lots of Robber Flies (see previous post by Mr Broome). I eventually reached the banks of the Weaver Causeway with Redwall Reedbed behind and the river ahead. Before me and dozing on the water in illuminating sunlight was the (I never get tired of this bird) summer Red-necked Grebe. Although mostly asleep it did pop its head up for a while before tucking its bill into the breast feathers and paddling away with a Great Crested Grebe up to the estuary.
A Ringed Plover was present on the Shooters’ Pools but it felt a bit flat with just a few Black-headed Gulls loitering around and no sign of any chicks?
Towards the close of day I made my way to No.6 tank and watched over the ever diminishing water there and watched 6 Cormorant, 2 pairs of Common Teal, 14 Tufted Duck, 2 drake Pochard and a solitary Grey Heron were present.
A couple of adult Little Ringed Plover were feeding along the waters edge while a Green Sandpiper was very vocal and a few Black-tailed Godwit present were less so. A Cuckoo was perched along the fence line and flew from the track and out onto No.5 tank.
An incredible 61 Raven were countered in three flocks, two separate flocks headed out and appeared to ditch into the woods on Fox Hill for their roost. The other birds stayed out on Frodsham Score.
Observer and images: WSM