Male Ring Ouzel along the northern bank of No.5 tank at 06.45 making its way north towards No.1 tank. Perhaps the same bird seen at Hale Head a couple of hours later?
Observer: Pete Marsh.
It was a long wait to get to the marsh after work and with the mornings ouzel a distant memory migrant, I concentrated my attention on No.6 tank and the mitigation of No.3 tank.
There were plenty of ducks to keep the note-book filled and with 168 Common Teal, 67 Common Shelduck, 47 Tufted Duck, 7 Gadwall, 14 Mallard and 8 Shoveler they were duly scribbled down.
Shorebirds included 4 Ruff, 2 Ringed Plover, 14 Lapwing and 12 Redshank. Towards the end of the watch 35 Golden Plover dropped out of the sky and alighted to roost on the waters edge. Just to keep the waders attention sharp a Peregrine flew through and unset the apple cart! A distant harrier over No.4 tank was to far away to be specific on its identity but Marsh appears to be the favourite option.
Over on No.3 tank a small passage of 12 Sand Martin moved through after feeding over the Canal Pools. A Chiffchaff bore a leg iron but still gave out a good “tip tap” rendition in sycamores by the ramp entrance to No.6 tank.
Observer and images: WSM.
I’ve included a selection of images in this post of views from the marsh this evening. They show, heavy machines working on leveling the reed beds on No.4 tank. An interesting yellow smutting emits from a tall chimney at Stanlow and the gold and greens of the secluded pool on No.6 tank.