Traveling back from Chester this evening and with traffic building up on the M56, I decided that I’d drive home via Mickle Trafford and drop into Frodders on the way through.
Walking along the track above No.6 tank was quiet and serene considering the noise after the bank holiday scrambler bike joy riding sessions along the pot-holed tracks here
The open waters of No.6 tank was fairly active with waterfowl and these included: 56 Common Shelduck, 23 Mallard, 46 Tufted Duck, 4 Gadwall, 198 Common Teal and a couple of Shoveler.
With the sun slowly edging towards the horizon I took the opportunity in setting up position overlooking the mitigation of No.3 tank which although not overly bird active did attract a few birds which included 23 Common Teal, 6 Shoveler and a Black-tailed Godwit.
It was interesting watching the exodus of Raven from the marsh at dusk. A flock of 23 birds headed out over Helsby Hill followed by singletons numbering 12 birds. A couple looked to be paired up and settled at the base of the blue-topped chimney at Weston Point and may breed there? Another bird took umbrage to a passing Buzzard and harried it off site (see above image).
The Peregrine could be clearly seen on the blue-topped chimney tending to its plumage before roosting there for the night.
Five Swallow were my first of the year and moved purposely north. A passage of 35 Sand Martin also followed them north into the wind but suddenly decided to back track and dropped into the reed bed of No.6 tank to roost.
Observer: WSM (and images).