I parked up at the old birdlog and walked to the River Weaver via Redwall reed bed where a Cetti’s Warbler was calling and seen briefly. There was an influx of Blackbird with c15 in the hedgerows along Brook Furlong Lane. Kestrels seen on tanks 4, 5, and 6.
I drove up to Marsh Farm, but the tide on the River Mersey was to high so didn’t stay long but a couple of Stonechat along the pipes on No.1 tank were a welcome distraction.
Driving around to No.6 tank I met Alyn Chambers and we exchanged bird gen. Birds noted included: 500 Golden Plover, 600 Lapwing, 8 Ruff, 52 Common Snipe (counted at dusk), 3 Dunlin and 3 Black-tailed Godwit.
Continuing on to No.4 where I walked down to the Holpool Gutter. A Green Sandpiper was along the Manchester Ship Canal and looking out to Frodsham Score a cream headed Marsh Harrier was hunting the marsh. The harrier landed and fought with crows over something edible and eventually it flew off out to the rivers edge. A Peregrine was also out there but having trouble with a Common Buzzard.
Other birds noted: 4 Little and a Great White Egret. Passerines were heading over and I saw a Lesser Redpoll, 50 Linnet and 200 Goldfinch over the gutter.
The secluded pool was quiet with a Common Snipe then it was back to No.6 tank where a young Mediterranean Gull (juv/1st winter), 50 Common Gull, 50 Black-headed Gull and 100 Shoveler, 10 Pintail, 1000 Common Teal and 10 Gadwall were seen. A Sparrowhawk was mobbed by 3 Carrion Crow and a single Rook over the Canal Pools and a Common Buzzard at No.1 and 2 No.4 ended the day.
Dryomyza anilia a common marsh dwelling fly that lays its eggs in dead birds and fish and possibly fungi.
Observers: Tony Broome (all images), Alyn Chambers