A Short-eared Owl was having to combat the attention of a couple of Raven over No.5 tank.
The water level on No.6 tank continues to drop despite the continues rain we had this morning. The exposed areas held 10 Black-tailed Godwit with 6 Ruff. A small roost of 50 Lapwing were sharing the knee water with 160 Common and 300 Black-headed Gull which dropped into bath before flying off to the river. A couple of Lesser Black-backed and Herring Gull were encouraged to linger.
During my time overlooking the sludge tank 9 Egyptian Goose flew in from the east, presumably the same birds I saw at Melchet Mere, Tatton Park last week. Also the same birds that bred at Tatton this year and a family party?. They stayed for a brief 20 minutes before they took flight and headed north-west to the Mersey Estuary.
Two Green Sandpiper were very vocal and also very flighty. The Spotted Redshank got a shock when the Egyptian Goose flock flew in and encircled it. A couple of Water Rail were calling from the reed beds below me and an impressive flock of 45 Common Snipe circled the tank before joining others along the Michaelmas Daisy beds.
The spread of ducks out on the open water of No.6 tank were again impressive with Common Teal reaching 600 birds, 100 Shoveler, 2 Wigeon, 20 Pintail, 21 Gadwall and smaller numbers of Tufted Duck.
Observer and images: WSM