I managed just under the hours birding towards dusk from the banks of No.5 tank looking out and over No.6 tank. 10 Mute Swan continue to find the water suitable for feeding and were again present. A build up of Pochard numbers saw 22 birds along with 4 Tufted Duck, 11 Shoveler, Mallard and 247 Common Teal.
Shorebirds were roosting up and 568 Lapwing with 1500 Dunlin, 2 Redshank and 14 Ruff were notable. During the course of the observation the whole flock took off and a Sparrowhawk scythed through the birds but without success. Once they settled back along the waters edge the waders hunkered down for the night.
A Chiffchaff was calling from the reedy ditch by the track and Redwing could be heard in the gloom passing overhead. Finishing the watch a murmuration of 4000 Starlings could be seen over No.4 tank and the Growhow works.
Earlier in the day the weather looked for all the world to be a complete washout but it was a day of two halves! In the afternoon it turned out fine with wall to wall sunshine. A Chiffchaff in the roving tit flock and a very mobile Red Admiral was out and about on Runcorn Hill.
Observer and images: WSM.
Just a note of caution if you are visiting the marsh over the weekend. Some clowns have fly tipped several bags of Asbestos which have been cordoned off, at the top track of the ramp to No,5/6 tank. Lets hope they had the correct safety gear when they dumped it…Somehow I doubt it?