I started this morning at Marsh Farm in the pouring rain. A female Sparrowhawk flew through and 4 Avocet were out on the estuary.
After moving around to No.6 tank at midday for the high tide. On the tank were:
2 drake Pintail, 7 Pochard, 10 Shoveler, 15 Tufted Duck and 30 Shelduck. The wader roost included: 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 58 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Grey Plover, 75 Golden Plover, 50 Lapwing, 35 Redshank, 400 Dunlin and 21 Ringed Plover. The 4 Avocet from earlier also joined the roost there.
Observer: Alyn Chambers.
Later in the day we took the mantle from Alyn and decided on a walk around No.6 tank with a slight diversion to the north-east corner of No.4 tank. Looking out from this view-point you couldn’t miss the plethora of Raven out on the raised banks between the Manchester Ship Canal and Frodsham Score. There were at least 30 birds tumbling and flight tagging each other over the old gun turret.
A Peregrine and Common Buzzard joined in the action and caused the Ravens to react with some vigour. Another Peregrine was sat out on the Blue-topped chimney above Ineos Chlor works at Weston point.
No.6 tank held some of the same species that Alyn had seen earlier except for a Marsh Harrier that sailed through. A couple of Stonechat were at each end of Lordship Lane and a Kingfisher sat tight in one of the outflow ducts by Moorditch Lane.
Observers: Sparky, WSM (and images).