It’s been a while since I’ve been to the marsh, so I was really shocked to see the access ramp to No.6 tank totally dug up and inaccessible. So we set off for a long trip right round the tank in the other direction via Lordship Lane.
It was quiet most of the way round due to the remote control planes zipping round. A quick look over the far end of No.6 tank showed just how dry that section is, and the only bird life seen there was a couple of Pheasants.
Further round, the ‘Splashing Pool’ was occupied by a few Coot. The mitigation area on No.3 tank held 5 Ringed Plover, Teal, Canada Geese, Mallard and a few more Coot. 4 Raven could be seen and heard in the distance.
The sun was glaring over No.6 making viewing conditions a bit awkward. But the main birds on there were Black-tailed Godwit, about 30 Ruff, a scattering of Dunlin, a single Pintail and more Common Teal. Two Grey Heron were feeding in amongst the godwits.
3 Buzzard were circling over No.3 tank which spooked a big group of Pheasants out of the long grass. So a short, but productive visit, but great to see some waders.
Observers: Findlay and Heather Wilde (images 1-4).
While Team Wilde had their actual feet on the marsh, we were taking images of the marsh from Helsby Hill for an update on the wind turbine workings.I lugged my scope/tripod and camera gear up from the village below on a glorious day to be out and about. It is quite interesting to scan the area from the hills for birds down on the river. The Great White Egret and 4 Little Egret, 127 Pink-footed Goose, 11 Whooper Swan and a couple Peregrine were clearly visible in the same area as yesterday with an additional 6 winter swans in the Ince marsh fields.
Observers: Sparky, WSM (image 5).