No.6 tank was rather disappointing over the high tide this morning with the water levels being too high to attract any waders.
A Great White Egret did appear overhead from the River Mersey but it continued on south. The only wader here was a single Common Snipe seen in flight. Wildfowl present included 282 Tufted Duck, c150 Teal, 36 Shelduck, 8 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler and singles of Wigeon and Pintail.
A Yellow Wagtail seemed to be on reverse migration as it headed north over the main track. Lots of hirundines were hawking over the water and embankments; mainly House Martin estimated at 250 with about 50 Swallow and 20 or so Sand Martin. Finally, 3 Little Grebes were out near the water tower and 4 Chiffchaff were calling along the top track.
Over at the River Weaver, the juvenile Little Gull was still hawking over the estuary. The Bend held a few waders today with counts of 130 Black-tailed Godwit, 28 Redshank, a male Ruff and a Common Sandpiper. A juvenile Peregrine was soaring high over No.1 tank and later joined by a Sparrowhawk, and 2 Grey Wagtail flew south over the causeway.
Observer and image: Greg Baker