I’ve never been one for being premature but on this occasion I’ll have to throw my hands up and admit I was wrong with my assumption that the Black-necked Grebe have departed. I found it bold as brass in the centre of the tank after a couple of hours watching the area this evening. This is the bird that keeps on giving. The Dabchick numbers were well dispersed with fewer than I countered yesterday.
A partial sun halo was visible over the marsh this evening.
The numbers of Tufted Duck were again knocking on 47 birds with 3 Common Pochard present. It was Common Teal that are by far the commonest species reaching the 160 mark along with much reduced counts of Gadwall, Shoveler and Mallard.
Small recce parties of Black-tailed Godwit flew over but again the water level here is just too high. Later in the evening I noted birds flying in to Frodsham Score from an inland site and I guess it will be the fields adjacent to the motorway? Likewise, Curlew are moving through with 300 birds alighting onto No.6 tank at dusk. A solitary Redshank on six and a Common Sandpiper flushed by a boat was on the Manchester Ship Canal below Marsh Farm were additions.
The 2 juvenile Marsh Harrier from last evening were joined tonight by their mother and all three were watched play hunting over the secluded pool.
A couple of juvenile Kestrel were at Marsh Farm (one of which is featured above) and the Peregrine spent some time on the blue-topped chimney.
Raven were moving south with a combined count of 30 birds while a Yellow Wagtail and a tucking Reed Warbler were seen and heard. The Wheatear continue to be found along the pipes on No.1 tank and weren’t bothered by the sheep that were feeding between the pipelines.
A spectacular sunset over the Mersey Estuary tonight.
Observer and images: WSM.