A quick dash after work to spend sometime watching over No.6 tank. In retrospect a little hasty with the high tides not being high enough to bring in the Dunlin flocks.
I listed 400 Black-headed Gulls leaving the ploughed fields for a siesta and a brush up before resuming their outlook for titbits tossed aside by the tractors nearby.
157 Lapwing, 2 calling Golden Plover and 4 Ruff (including a ringed individual) were really it for waders. Despite the lack of waders it was up to the ducks to stand forward and make my visit worthwhile. However, 178 Common Teal, 8 Tufted Duck and a few Shelduck which were not really much of a compensation. The oddity Athya certainly did make up for all the lack of action and was at the back of the teal flock looking everything a Common Teal shouldn’t.
A mixed group of wagtails included 4 Yellow, 6 Pied and 2 White Wagtail which were feeding along the edge of the Lapwing flock. A Kingfisher that was calling unseen from the bank below my observation point until it broke cover and flew out across the tank, pausing briefly to dive bomb the water. Two Sparrowhawk included one with a Starling take away which it did literally as I disturbed it from the track by the ramp.
There were still Chiffchaffs about with a few calling from No.5 tank.
Another Willow Warbler sub-singing at Runcorn Hill this morning.
Image: Tony Broome.