A couple of hours birding after work and with the weather alternating between dull and sunny I thought a watch over No.6 tank may produce some decent birds.
The Tufted Duck flock like the weather alternates between 100 and 300 birds and to cover the middle ground (or water) 200 birds were present this evening. Also present were 3 Pochard, 43 Mallard, 12 Gadwall, 34 Shoveler, 10 Pintail, 170 Common Teal, 45 Common Shelduck and 26 Wigeon.
A Sparrowhawk sailed by and 2 Kestrel hunted the tank beds. While four Common Buzzard were soaring high over Helsby Hill.
A mixed flock of 200 Swallow and House Martin were feeding low over the water and 3 Chiffchaff and a juvenile Reed Warbler were moving through the reed beds.
Observer and images: WSM