A fine summer evening to be out and about in the industrial countryside of Cheshire, which leads me to my evening visit to the marsh. There is still plenty of birdlife to be seen on No.6 tank and eventually these birding forays will produce something a little bit more popular with the local birding populace. However, it appears one of the stars of recent weeks may had sought waters new with no sign of the Black-necked Grebe this evening. With the grebe’s absence Dabchick had rallied round and produced a good count of 25 birds with a solitary Great Crested Grebe for company.
The Common Teal are back with 234 birds keeping mostly below the north banks. Along with the usual Mallard, Gadwall and Shoveler were 2 Wigeon, 100 Common Shelduck. 43 Tufted Duck and 5 Common Pochard.
The two young Marsh Harrier were very active going back and forth over the reed beds but one of them caught a teal and proceeded to de-feather its prey while the other harrier watched on. The patience of the onlooker got the better of itself and after a little tussle and prey mantling the stronger bird forced its sibling away.
At dusk Curlew began to fly in for the evening with loose flocks of 10-20 birds whilw 11 Black-tailed Godwit circled No.6 tank but again the water level is high and they joined up with a flock of 500 over Frodsham Score.
A small south bound roost flight of Raven was noted while several hundred hirundines were moving south.
Observer and images: WSM.
Several Reed Warbler were feeding their juvenils plus Sedge Warbler,
15 Dunlin, 1 Redshank and ad and immature Little Ringed Plover.
Observer: Mike Cooper.