The rain cometh and continued for most of the day which was annoying after waiting all week to do some birding. During the course of the evening the clouds eventually rolled away to the east, behind them it cleared bathing the marsh in glorious sunshine.
The area on No.6 tank had a good selection of Common Teal with 340 birds, 32 Shoveler, 7 Common Shelduck, 6 Pintail and Gadwall and Mallard but most of the duck were weary of the raptors on show and mostly kept close to cover.
Shorebirds included 780 Lapwing with 300 Golden Plover but a marauding Sparrowhawk sent back them out to the estuary. Two Green Sandpiper exchanged the plovers departure and came in calling. A big flock of 1000 Lapwing were disturbed by a Peregrine over on Frodsham Score where 400 Black-tailed Godwit resettled on the Weaver Estuary. A Great White Egret was also out on the salt marsh of the score.
A Spotted Redshank was less evident and kept a low profile only showing itself to a group from Comberbach. The 20 Black-tailed Godwit on No.6 tank included a colour-ringed bird (details of is origin as and when they come back). 100 Common Snipe were flushed from the Michaelmas Daisy beds by a showy immature Marsh Harrier and a Merlin sat the rain out perched on top of a Willow tree before spotting a small flock of Snipe which it half-heartedly chased.
A Short-eared Owl was hunting in the full sunshine along the banks of No.5 tank and was perched up several times.
Other birds of note here were a Stonechat and a Brambling in the Chaffinch flock. The Long-tailed Tit flock contained a Goldcrest in their midst and a Grey Wagtail flew over. Ravens continued to show in good numbers over the Pumping Station.
At dusk a flock of 25 Cormorant roosted up on the dead tree at the east end of No.6 tank.
Observers: Frank Duff, Paul Ralston, WSM (and images).