A Barnacle Goose was a surprise find on No.3 tank where there were 3 Jackdaw and a Green Sandpiper was on No.5 tank.
Observer: Frank Duff.
This afternoon we had a few spare hours, me and dad had an opportunity for a quick visit to the marsh.
We started off at the No.3 (mitigation) tank which held a couple of Pied Wagtail, 5 Common Snipe, a couple of Redshank, as well as at least 20 Common Teal. However at the back of the fields before the Manchester Ship Canal I picked out a largish flock of Canada Geese, a strong herd of about two hundred and fifty birds. The group also contained a couple of hybrid species and also a striking Barnacle Goose.
Despite it being a low tide, when we arrived, the main tank still held quite a decent number of waders and ducks, with the stand out species including 750 Golden Plover mixed in with about 300 Lapwing, which occasionally got flushed and put on a great display.
Other waders on the tank,included about 75 Dunlin, a couple of Black-tailed Godwit and at least 12 Redshank.
The waterfowl life was good, with the water being as high as I’ve seen it on No.6 tank this year. It held at least 400 Common Teal mixed in with a variety of species, including Tufted Duck, 4 Pintail, Mallard, Shoveler and Pochard. As it was just me and dad, there wasn’t too much other company, however we were joined by Phil for a bit who spotted 3 Stonechat out in the reed bed.
An absolute brilliant hour of birding, and I can’t wait till next time!
Observers: Findlay & Nigel Wilde, Phil Oddy.
Image: Nigel Wilde
The swan herd that had been present in fields east of Hill View Farm has moved on today, per S Hickey.
A Little Egret was in the ditch alongside Moorditch Lane. Five Stonechat go large on No.5 tank and a Merlin loomed large on No.3 tank.
Observer: Arthur Harrison.