I was out and about this morning along the Holpool Gutter taking in No.4 and 6 tanks producing the following birds: 9 Common Buzzard feeding on worms in a field alongside the crossroads at the Growhow works. A Kingfisher flew under the bridge on Lordship Lane with a Grey Wagtail feeding amongst the vegetation. A Common Snipe was flushed as I walked along the path there. 2 Grey Heron and a Cormorant fishing in the shallow waters of the gutter with Moorhen and a few Common Teal. On to the bank of the Manchester Ship Canal were 2 Green Sandpiper flew overhead. Frodsham Score was quiet with only Curlew, Lapwing and Raven noted. On the shallow pool alongside No.4 a party of Teal left the water accompanied by a single Black-tailed Godwit. On to the Canal Pools and another Snipe was flushed, Coot numbers are down from my last visit but a Little Grebe was also on the pool. On to No.6 tank and a single Greenshank with 5 Ruff amongst the Lapwings.
A small movement of 3 Jay were noted. A Chiffchaff and a Reed warbler were below the new viewing area. On the way back to the car 2 more Chiffchaff with a party of tits and more Jays over No.4 tank. Robins and Wrens seemed to be in every other bush on this mornings walk.
Observer: Paul Ralston.
Later in the day and an evening vigil overlooking No.6 tank was a little understated but 2 Ruff, 200 Dunlin (brefly), 120 Lapwing, 1 eclipse drake and 3 female Pintail, 8 Tufted Duck, 160 Common Teal, 3 Shoveler and 40 Common Shelduck.
A Sparrowhawk and Kestrel put in a show, while the big female Peregrine was again sat on top of the blue chimney at Weston Point.
A party of Long-tailed Tits pulled along 2 Goldcrest, a Chiffchaff, Blue and Great Tits in hawthorns along Moorditch Lane. 12 Swallow lingered on telegraph wires at Marsh Lane at dusk.
Observer & images.: WSM