Shorebirds saw an increase in c2000 Dunlin and 1200 Black-tailed Godwit, 300 Curlew, 1 Little Egret down river and a juvenile Peregrine keeping an eye on things.
Observer: Tony Broome.
After a brief respite and onto No.4 tank overlooking Frodsham Score where again a juvenile Peregrine shot through. Following the falcon was a juvenile Marsh Harrier and then shortly after by a juvenile Hobby chasing a passerine over the old magazine site. Several Little Egret were seen and although difficult to get an accurate count we estimated that 4 birds were present.
42 Raven were out and about the marsh and banks bordering the Manchester Ship Canal. A dead cow out on the salt marsh should bring in quite a few others?
High tide was rushing onto the exposed mudflats so a hasty retreat to the comfort of No.6 tank for the tide. 500 Ringed Plover, 800 Dunlin came in dribs and drabs but when they settled they didn’t move around much and made for a thorough scrutiny through the ‘scopes’. Several Redshank, 4 Black-tailed Godwit and 3-4 Turnstone added to the count.
Two Ruddy Shelduck dropped onto the tank for the period of the tide before flying back out to the feeding grounds on the Mersey Estuary
A Little Egret flew over without settling and the watch ended with a Peregrine sat atop the usual spot above the Weaver Estuary.
A Garganey was present briefly on No.6 tank (Colin Davis) and a Crane observed over Hale at midday avoided our detection? Three hours later it or another was over Mold, N Wales.
Observers: Tony Broome (images 2-4), WSM (video images 1 & 5).
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