A walk up and down the track on No.5 tank taking in the birds present on No.6 tank this evening. It was a still evening with the steam, smoke and whatever pollutants that are emitted into the local atmosphere could clearly be seen from the local industry surrounding the marshes.
A flock of 200 Black-tailed Godwit were nervous and flighty tonight, although I didn’t notice the cause of their concern. A smaller wader was present along with 3 Ringed Plover with the godwit flock which flew straight out to the Mersey Estuary.
There was a build up of Common Shelduck with 216 either paired up or loitering about with 67 Tufted Duck and an assortment of Mallard, Gadwall and a pair of Common Teal. Also present were 16 Coot, 2 Little Grebe, 4 Grey Heron and 30 Common Swift.
All in all not much to add to the last few days but the water level is low on No.6 and looks really good to entice a flyby shorebird (here’s hoping).
Observer and images: WSM.