If was great to get back to the marsh for a quick visit today after being in Portugal for two weeks. It was amazing to see how much it had changed in just a few weeks. The water level on No.6 was much higher and the vegetation in the middle was dense and tall making it difficult to spot any waders lurking about.
Luckily we arrived just in time for high tide, so we were able to watch small flocks of waders arriving ahead of the high tide. In amongst a flock of 150 Dunlin coming in, there was a single Sanderling and a Little Stint that landed at the pumping end of No.6 tank.
The high tide also flushed 3 Greenshank in, closely followed by 100 Ringed Plover (which also contained one Ruff and a couple of Redshank). A pair of Snipe flew over and then settled on the tank.
Also on the mud, there was a party of wagtails feeding, which included 4 Yellow, 6 Pied and 2 White Wagtail.
Duck wise there were about 250 Common Teal, 100 Tufted Duck, 7 Shoveler, a few Shelduck, a few Gadwall, 4 Wigeon and 2 Pintail.
A large flock of Black-tailed Godwits looked like they were going to head in, but instead settle on Frodsham Score. Later in the day 14 Ruff were again on the secluded pool.
The Peregrine was on the blue-top chimney, a Kestrel was feeding over No 6 and several Buzzards were circling round.
Observers: Frank Duff, Findlay and Heather Wilde, Sparky & WSM (and images)