36 Ringed Plover on No.6 tank.
Observer: Jean Roberts.
Some additional local bird news: Several Willow Warbler singing in park on Runcorn Hill. Also, two other birds singing by Blakemere, Delamere Forest. Also seen on the mere were 13 Mediterranean Gulls (including a retarded 1st winter bird, a single 2nd summer and the rest all paired adults). Three birds had leg rings, one was wearing a white coded ring, another had white/metal ring above right knee and the last with metal ring.
A stiff westerly wind blew in cold air from the Atlantic and morning rain gave way to cobalt blue skies interspersed with puffy cumulus clouds.
Digger machines ripping out the reed beds on No.4 tank took timeout with work suspended for a weekend break.
No.6 tank was pretty quiet compared to previous days and a smattering of ducks included low numbers of the usual suspects. A Grey Heron preparing a stick nest at the base of an old tree didn’t look to have the confidence of it lasting long.
The mitigation on No.3 tank had a Ringed Plover, several Lapwing, 4 Shoveler, 23 Common Teal and a few Shoveler.
The south-west corner of No.6 tank had 23 passerines including 8 White Wagtail, 4 Pied Wagtail, a single Chaffinch and 10 Meadow Pipit. A male Blackcap was singing on the banks bordering Lordship Lane along with numerous Chiffchaff..
Along the tracks on Ince Marsh fields were a gathering of 150 corvids with mostly Rooks. The Whooper Swan was again present in the heat haze of the Ince marsh fields with a small herd of Mute’s.
Marsh Farm was an exposed spot in the unforgiving wind but 5 Wheatear and a couple of Blackbird were more concerned by fueling up for the big push north.
Another male Wheatear was in the horse paddock at Moorditch Lane.
Observers: Frank Duff, WSM (and images).