An over high tide watch at No.6 tank saw a Turnstone appear with a single Knot, 4 Ruff, 1 Common Sandpiper, 75 Dunlin and 25 Redshank with the Black-tailed Godwit flock from yesterday. 1 Common Gull joined the Black-headed Gulls.
The female Marsh Harrier was over No. 4 tank.
The Weaver Bend had 4 Avocet (3 Adult and 1 Chick) and a Common Sandpiper while nearby the Weaver estuary held 150 Coot and a Common Tern flew out towards the Mersey.
A further Common Sandpiper was on the Manchester Ship Canal below Marsh Farm.
Observer: Alyn Chambers (image 1).
A late afternoon walk around No.6 tank which produced the following sightings: A Chiffchaff seen and heard at the entrance ramp alongside a family of Wren. Many young Goldfinch feeding on the thistle heads with smaller numbers of Linnet in the area.
Common Shelduck and Tufted Duck made up the majority of wildfowl on the open water with a good many Mallard and several Common Teal also seen. The Black-tailed Godwits fed on the edge of the water with Redshank and Dunlin.
A female Marsh Harrier drifted over the dried up mitigation pool putting several Lapwing in to the air. The Splashing Pool held more Mallard and Tufted Duck with the addition of Coot and a single Little Grebe. The dredger was pumping more black water on to No.6 tank and the Black-headed Gulls some of which are moulting out of their breeding plumage were taking advantage of the insects disturbed by the rushing water.
Along Lordship Lane a Common Whitethroat was still feeding a late brood and young Sedge Warblers were feeding themselves in the vegetation . A juvenile Marsh Harrier had a disagreement with a Common Buzzard and then carried on hunting the banks alongside six. A couple of hundred Swift were feeding high up before they begin their push on a long migration south and were joined by small numbers of Swallow and House Martin.
A Red Kite on the Runcorn express way by the I C I works early on in the afternoon it’s the second time I have encountered it in the same area since Monday last.
Observer (and images 2-3): Paul Ralston