With the recent fine weather it was ‘normal service is resumed’ today with wet and breezy conditions. In spite of this and with each passing day the nights are closing in quicker than is really required. I’m getting my birding in as and when I can.
Scanning the open water on No.6 tank was with little change from yesterday’s observation. A group of Common Teal were flighting out to an area close to the secluded pool. My next decision was made for me. I follow their lead and went to investigate where and what they were doing in this area.
I eventually walked up to the junction of No’s. 5, 3 and 6 tanks where I could get a snapshot view of the teal assembled in the reedy corner. I thought I should give the fields of No.3 tank a quick scan where the Cranes were yesterday. I really wasn’t expecting to see much and the first scan revealed what I’d expect (nothing!), The second scan revealed the two Common Cranes emerging gracefully from behind the soil heaps and busily feeding within the sheep flock.
After a good grilling through my scope, I then reached into my pocket for my mobile to let other birders know about the birds presence. Pocket one draw a blank. pocket two ditto, pocket three zero and after running out of pockets it became apparent that my mobile phone was absent without leave. I’m glad I was alone because, the sight of me tapping my body in some germanesque lederhosen clad pocket slapping dance would not have been a pretty image!
A half mile hike back to the car eventually reunited mobile with birder and messages were despatched. My old mucker Mark (Whipper) Gibson was conveniently passing by and, he managed to connect with the birds before they flew out and over the Canal Pools. They dropped behind behind the banks and disappeared onto Frodsham Score. I received a call later from Ian Iggy across the river who manged to see both birds (albeit distantly) from Hale lighthouse. Three birders Arthur, Paul and Roger unfortunately arrived a few minutes to late. Hopefully they will reappear tomorrow but, it’s reassuring that this is day two and they have appeared to have set up a pattern. Spending the last couple of days feeding on No.3 tank before leaving (6pm) to roost on Frodsham Score.
During the course of the evening a Little Egret flew over No.3 tank and onto No.6 tank.
Observers: Mark (Whipper) Gibson, WSM (all images).