I wasn’t expecting much change in the bird activity which has been present on the marsh so far this month. A Sandwich Tern, Green-winged Teal, 2 Garganey, Hobby over the river at Hale and a poached Great White Egret seen from there but present on Frodsham Score put a different expectation on my visit this evening…Guess what? How wrong can I have been. Such is birding that the boundary river can give and it can take away. Another well birded effort by the boys for all their hard work on the Hale patch.
Anyway, with my expectations dashed, I did manage to have a lovely evening with bright sunshine and a cool breeze. The Tufted Duck flock fluctuates between 50 to 200 birds and tonight they covered the middle ground (or water) with 110 present. Common Pochard managed 8 drakes, 8 Common Teal and 45 Common Shelduck.
An adult Great Crested Grebe had a stripy juvenile while a Little Grebe pair were more successful in rearing 8 juveniles.
The emerging daisy beds concealed a flock of 100 Black-tailed Godwit with 10 Redshank and a fine dressed male Ruff. Further out on the drier areas of the tank a flock of 67 Dunlin with a small bunch of Ringed Plover were present. All of the godwits rose with their attendant Lapwing flock when the female Marsh Harrier flew over their heads. Another raptor this time a Peregrine was hunched up on the blue-topped chimney over at Weston Point.
Hirundines contained mostly Sand Martin with smaller counts of House Martin. The Common Swift were feeding much higher in the sky because of the fine weather but a few descended as the sun dropped.
A Sedge Warbler was still singing from the reedy ditch along No.5 tank.
Observer and images: WSM.