I took a stroll out along the Holpool Gutter around No.4 and No. 6 tanks this morning. A selection of the species I encountered included the following: Common Snipe in the gutter with Common Swift, Swallow and both Sand and House Martins above the Canal Pools and Ravens over Frodsham Score. The Canal Pools held two more Common Snipe but not much else.The small pool on No. 6 had Common Teal, Gadwall, Mallard and a pair of Little Grebe with 3 young chicks. No. 6 held more of the same with large numbers of young Shelduck, a Ring Plover and a Dunlin.
A Grey Heron had trouble with a large eel it had caught close to the bank but managed to fly of with its prize. Lordship lane had Common Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler with Kestrel and Sparrowhawk in the area.
Back along No. 4 and three Marsh Harrier in the air together, Also present were three peregrine which drove the harriers to take cover and then started to play tag for the next twenty minutes.
Observer and upper images: Paul Ralston.
Paul’s morning bird assembly was replaced by an evening “last post” by myself and Sparky. We set up on the bank overlooking the waters of No.6 tank with the brief snatch of a Sedge Warbler song heard. An assembled gathering of roosting Black-headed Gulls held small numbers of Common and an adult Mediterranean Gull. The latter bird stayed until dusk then flew out to roost on the ebbing tide on the estuary.
A juvenile Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Ringed Plover and a solitary summer Dunlin dropped in for a short period on the tide. 40 Common Teal, 6 Tufted Duck and a juvenile Goosander paid an extremely brief visit before flying out to the River Mersey.
Finally an African-like setting sun was a fine backdrop to a surprising evening watch on the marsh.
Observers: Sparky, WSM (and images)