With the EU Referendum in full swing I took the opportunity to get in some birding. The newest wind turbine was being fitted into place close to the ramp track to No.5 tank. The contractors decided it would be wise to close the road/track whilst they got the (10th turbine) first and second tower slotted. I took up my position overlooking No.6 tank from the south bank with hundreds of Common Swift to keep me company.
The water was littered with 164 Tufted Duck and birds were coming and going on a regular basis to the Mersey Estuary and River Weaver. There were 9 Common Pochard with 24 Common Teal, numerous Gadwall and Common Shelduck towing along their piebald youngsters. Likewise, a pair of Little Grebe had 3 fledged young.
A flock of 50 Sand Martin dropped in to sit a while on the dead daisy stalks on the margins of the shallow water before heading off.
Observer and images: WSM.