A mornings bird watch and there were 5 Avocet and a Ruff, a flock of Dunlin and Ringed Plover which were present towards the west end of No.5 tank until a juvenile Peregrine flew through (presumably the bird PR saw later?).
The flock of Black-tailed Godwit were on the mitigation area along with Lapwing, another Ruff and a single Golden Plover. A juvenile Cuckoo was also in the area.
Observer: Alyn Chambers.
A short walk around No.6 and a brief look over the Frodsham Score from the corner of 4 tank this morning. Both Reed and Sedge Warbler were active in the ditch alongside Lordship Lane and the Goldfinch were flocking together after what appeared to be a successful breeding season. There were 2 Kestrel hunting the bank keeping the Goldfinch and Linnet on the move. There were at least 4 Common Buzzard in the area. Hundreds upon hundreds of Canada Goose and smaller numbers of Greylag with there white domestic companions were at the river’s edge.
A juvenile Peregrine flew past along the bank then went out over to the score putting fear in to the lapwing flock out there.
Another Peregrine was perched up on the blue-topped chimney and a third was on Ethelfleda railway bridge that runs parallel to the road bridge that crosses the narrows at Runcorn. A large number of swifts were heading west along the canal and were followed by Sand and House Martin. Several family groups of Raven were back and forth over the Manchester Ship Canal after having their fill of marsh mutton. At least 3 Chiffchaff were observed by the ‘Pumping Station’, while a Great Crested Grebe was present on the water there. The Canal Pools held Little Grebe, Mallard and Tufted Duck with Skylark singing overhead.
A flock of Black-tailed Godwit and Lapwing with a couple of Dunlin in attendance were resting at the mitigation area on No.3 tank. Meanwhile, No.6 held 200 Common Shelduck, 40 Mallard, 180 Tufted, 30 Gadwall and just a few Common Teal with more Little Grebe and a single Great Crested Grebe. There were several juvenile Grey Heron fishing in the flood water. A Chiffchaff was again calling by the north ramp track and a Sedge Warbler was feeding young nearby. The occasional flava wagtail flew over but they didn’t stop. A steady stream of Common Swift descended with the rain and joined several hundred hirundines over the south banks of six.
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