A walk up Moorditch Lane on the way to No.6 tank and a few Redwing were in the hedgerows with one particular bird posing out on a branch.
I was watching No.6 tank for the WeBS count and a great selection was on show which included: 14 Cormorant (mostly white-headed birds), 43 Mallard, 11 Gadwall, 46 Tufted Duck, 26 Pintail, 230 Common Teal, 153 Shoveler, 6 Common Pochard and 20 Common Shelduck.
Shorebirds included an interesting bunch with 187 Black-tailed Godwit (the largest flock here for some time feeding in the shallow waters) with a solitary Ruff, 6 Avocet (pair copulating), 20 Redshank, 34 Common Snipe, 460 Lapwing and 340 Golden Plover. An obvious lack of raptors about with just a couple of Kestrel noted.
Gulls were rather low in numbers with 340 Black-headed, 12 Common, 1 Herring and 2 Great Black-backed Gull.
A quick ramble to join FD on the banks of No.4 tank after I received a text from him about a dark-bellied Brent Goose (it departed 15 mins before I got there) out on Frodsham Score marsh. It was later relocated on the Hale side of the river. Thousands of Dunlin were snaking in wriggly lines over the Mersey Estuary far in the distance. Other shorebirds were gathered along the edge close to the retainment bund between the score marsh and the Manchester Ship Canal.
A Great White Egret and 8 Little Egret were following the tide in and out. 90 Pink-footed Goose, out in the distance were a scattered herd of Whooper Swan, 500 Wigeon, Pintail, Mallard, Gadwall, Teal (I’ll leave the duck count for the counters tomorrow), 120 Oystercatcher, 300 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Bar-tailed Godwit, Grey Plover, 300 Redshank and several hundred Curlew.
Birding often throws up an oddball and so it was when Phil Oddy saw the Gowy Glossy Ibis fly over my parked car as he was travelling along the motorway from the Marsh Lane motorway bridge! A car tick and a pity I wasn’t anywhere near when the bird flew over it heading west.
Observers: Frank Duff, WSM and images.