We managed a walk late afternoon to check the bird activity on No.6 tank. The Tufted Duck gathered there mustered 97 birds with 9 Common Pochard in tow. Common Shelduck numbers were much depleted probably due to birds dispersing to their breeding banks on the River Weaver and Frodsham Score. It’s interesting to see the build up of Gadwall over the summer, the species is easily the commonest duck on the tank. A few post breeding/failed breeding/non-breeding or yet to breed Mallard were gathered in smaller numbers while Shoveler included 2 pairs and a single drake.
The influx of Common Teal recently and a satellite flock across the River Mersey at Carr Lane pools continue to hang about. Hale’s loss is Frodsham’s gain when their American Green-winged Teal joined up with 47 birds again. After scrutinising the teal flock it was a little surprise to find a pair of Garganey with the male moulting in or out its flank feathers? Another more resplendent drake was found on the north side of the tank.
The assembly of summering 1st summer Black-headed Gull numbers reached a present peak of 250 birds and surely they’ll attract something different over the rest of the summer if they continue to stay?
Avocet reached a count of 26 birds on ‘six’ with a further 4 birds elsewhere. The two tiny chicks are getting bolder and stronger ready day and giving their mother anxiety attacks. The 300 Black-tailed Godwit were mostly feeding and roosting in the dense dead daisy bed.
A Hobby was over Helsby Marsh but apart from a Common Buzzard (see image) or two there wasn’t much raptor activity today.
A couple of tatty looking Painted Lady Butterflies were again on the dirt track above No.6 tank.
Observers: Sparky, WSM (and images).