Alyn Chambers Guest Blog
The day turned out to be full of activity although initially it didn’t appear so.
The bushes along the south bank of No. 4 tank held the majority of the 24 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap, 6 Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warblers and 1 Reed Warbler seen on the Marsh today. In amongst them was a Garden Warbler, which remained elusive after the initial sighting. 2 Jays, 5 Greenfinch and 2 Grey Wagtails were also seen.
The Black-necked Grebe remained on No. 6 tank and was joined by 26 Shoveler, 6 Wigeon and 3 Pintail and 4 Ruff. A Little Stint flew out towards the Mersey estuary with 3 Ringed Plover and a Marsh Harrier drifted over No. 5 tank.
A Red-legged Partridge was on Brook Furlong and the Mersey estuary held an Avocet amongst the Black-tailed Godwits and 20 Great Crested Grebe were present as well.
The Fulmar from earlier floated down the ship canal past Marsh Farm with a Great Black-backed Gull keeping an eye on its attempts to get airborne.
A juvenile Little Gull joined the hirundines on the Weaver Estuary along with another 2 Ruff in the Redshank roost.
A small roosting flock of Black-headed and Common Gulls also featured 4 Ruff to join their ranks on the western end of No.6 tank.
In addition to Alyn’s post other observers sightings included: On the outer marshes of Frodsham Score were 2 Great White Egret and it was good to have them back into the autumnal fold. There were two Hobby over No.4 tank/Ince fields. Ravens were out and about over the salt marshes.
A morning migration watch saw small flocks of Wood Pigeon, Meadow Pipit, Jackdaw, White and Grey Wagtail heading south. No.6 and No.4 tank had hundreds of juvenile Swallow either over the open water or resting up on the wire fences. At dusk a male Stonechat was along the pipes on No.1 tank.
By far the highlight of the day (or rather later in the day) was a sickly Fulmar (AC) along the ship canal by No.4 tank and later relocating to the Weaver Estuary (FD) and was the first Fulmar this century!
There were hundreds of Swallows and martins which were hawking over the water when panic set in as a Hobby appeared and chased one over the track and back over the water not sure of the outcome as I lost sight of them behind the bushes (PR).
A juvenile Little Gull (FD) was noted by the Weaver Sluice gates and rounded the day off with some classic bird sightings.
Observers: Alyn Chambers (images 2-4:), Allan Conlan, Frank Duff, Paul Ralston (image 5-7), Heather (image 1) & Findlay (Young Birder of the Year Award Winner!) Wilde, Sparky, WSM.