I was on Joe le taxi duty ferrying Sparky and co to Chester for a girls night out and on these occasions I drop in at the marsh en route home.
No two days are the same and tonight’s instalment from Frodders was a complete contrast to last evenings fun. The fine sunshine of yesterday was replaced tonight by menacing low grey clouds rolling in but, retaining air humidity that makes you want to take a coat but you never get to wear it.
I met Sean on the track below the ‘secluded pool’, the same pool that is attracting some good birds of late. Sean had seen a Greenshank and a flock of Black-tailed Godwits but again due to the increased water level on the tank it was to deep for them and they flew back out to the river. I managed, 68 Curlew, 3 Ruff and a small number of Common Teal.
Further out on the main body of water it was interesting to note that Pintail had increased to five birds and they were busy upending Also present were 67 Tufted Duck, 7 Shoveler and 200 Common Teal. A small flock of ducks dropping in at dusk proved to be 4 male and 2 female Wigeon. A roost of 32 Cormorant were using whatever perch they could find to spend the night here.
The Peregrine was again perched on the blue-topped chimney and an impressive flock of 26 Raven flying out at dusk towards Fox Hill.
A few hundred Swallow and Sand Martin were feeding low over the water at dusk with some roosting up on trees below the northern banks.
Observers: Sean O’Hara, WSM (and images).