An evening visit but the usual location on No.6 tank was block by earthworks and a trench dug to accommodate the new energy lines to be inserted. I’m not sure how long these works will continue but it doesn’t look like a quick job.
I watched from the south bank of No.6 tank but crossing a drainage channel I slipped and ended up with a thorough soaking of my boots and when my scope disappeared beneath the water I ended up with wet a sleeve. Composing myself but feeling the chill wind it was warming to see 200 Black-headed Gull already in situ bathing before their flight out to the river. A very impressive courting, feeding and paired up flock of 200 Shoveler were present. Also on the flooded tank were 29 Common Pochard, 34 Tufted Duck, 11 Pintail, 11 Gadwall. 570 Common Teal, 40 Mallard and 120 Common Shelduck. The roosting Lapwing flock were gathered in the shallower water with 4 Ruff and 12 Dunlin.
Raven were typically active and everywhere in numbers and at dusk birds were watched heading south over Helsby and Fox Hills. A Short-eared Owl was hunting over No.4 tank and presumably the same bird was watched later over No.6 tank.
The Cormorant roost contained 12 birds with at least one being a ‘sinensis‘.
Observer and images: WSM