I was in work today but I received a text from Paul and Frank about a Black-necked Grebe that Paul had found on No.6 tank, ably assisted by Mark Payne. It was a long wait but I eventually managed to get there just before the rain started to fall. I managed to relocate the grebe when the others had left the marsh and it was swimming out into the middle of the tank.
A Great White Egret was feeding in the tall flooded vegetation on six with a couple of Grey Heron for company. The graceful plumes were catching the breeze giving the creature an elegant look compared to the brute that appears out on Frodsham Score in the winter months.
The duck numbers from last evening were again present with c200 Tufted Duck, 12 Common Pochard, Common Teal, Mallard and a Wigeon.
The male Marsh Harrier moved through the area.
The Black-tailed Godwit flock was again present and with a couple of Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 2 summer Knot and a small group of Dunlin added to an already bumber crop of birds
A few hundred Swift were forced low by the increasing rain and were snapping midges just above the track as I walked back to my car.
Observers: Paul Crawly (image 1), Frank Duff, WSM (images 2-3).