Heading down to the Weaver Bend this morning, the gloomy weather on arrival didn’t bode well for great viewing conditions. Thankfully the worst of the overnight fog had lifted and it was possible to scan the river up to the confluence with the Manchester Ship Canal. I soon had counts of 168 Tufted Duck, 9 Pochard, 4 Gadwall, 15 Little Grebe and 7 Great Crested Grebe plus 2 Black-tailed Godwit. Walking along the embankment I picked up 13 Pintail feeding at the bend and then spirits were lifted further by a Short-eared Owl which began quartering the adjacent fields and briefly landed near the now overgrown Shooter’s Pools.
It’s a long time since I’ve walked around the I.C.I tank so thought I’d give it a go today and was rewarded with a Brambling amongst a small flock of Chaffinches in the hawthorns.
Along the road to Marsh Farm there was still at least one male Stonechat distantly on the fence line by the pipes across No.1 tank. From the farm, a scan across Frodsham Score showed where most of the Black-tailed Godwit and Redshank were today, with flocks of at least 200 of each. Not much else though, so I headed over to No.6 tank. Here were over 400 Teal, 4 more Pintail, 8 more Gadwall and 12 Shoveler with wader counts of 710 Lapwing, 6 Ruff and 6 Black-tailed Godwit. No sign of the Spotted Redshank however and no raptors on show other than the usual Kestrels, Sparrowhawks and Buzzards.
Observer: Greg Baker.