A beautiful evening along the track of No.5 tank on a fine summers night was nearly marred by the careless driving by a mini bus driver from the firm who have been given the task of putting up the windmills.
Anyway, I did say nearly, and during the period of observation from 8.15 until 9.15 pm was much better than I was expecting. I dropped in after a days hiking along the north Mersey shoreline from Within Way, Hale where I managed a Greenshank, 15 Ringed Plover and 12 Black-tailed Godwit.
The area of open water and exposed muddy areas on No.6 tank was bathed in illuminating sunshine and the presence of 600 Dunlin were busily feeding with 1200 Black-tailed Godwit and more were arriving when I left at dusk. Also noted were 12 Ruff, 34 Ringed Plover, 100 Curlew and a single Whimbrel,
Three Greenshank flew in for a wash and preen before flying out to the Canal Pools. A Green Sandpiper dropped in at dusk along with 3 Ruddy Shelduck joining the ever-present duck flock here.
There have been no harrier sightings on my previous visit and tonight was no exception but the Peregrine was glowing in the evening sunshine perched on the tall blue-topped chimney.
Four Swift were high over the Weaver Estuary slowly drifting off to the west and small parties of Sand Martin were doing likewise at dusk.
The secluded pool had a few Gadwall, Little Grebe and a noisy Water Rail.
After leaving the marsh I was passing the dual carriageway above the Weaver Sluices and noticed the huge Canada Goose herd sending the night on an exposed mud bank and numbering in excess of 5000 birds.
Observer and images: WSM