A couple of hours birding after work and any day with a Curlew Sandpiper in it is definitely a good day. I just made this evenings high (low) tide which wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. Out on the drier south west corner were 4 Curlew Sandpiper, 43 Ringed Plover and 230 Dunlin but little else. An injured Common Teal was sat out on the bare mud and it looked to have a wing injury but unfortunately it lay on the open soft mud and could not be rescued.
The ducks out on the eastern side of the tank featured the usual Tufted Duck, Common Teal, Common Pochard, Cpmmon Shelduck. Shoveler and Gadwall but each species were low in number and barely worthy of counting. A juvenile Common Buzzard was very confiding.
A look over No.1 tank revealed a couple of ‘set down’ for shooting Red-legged Partridge and juvenile male and female Wheatear were along the pipes. At Marsh Farm a small passage of Swallow were heading west along the Manchester Ship Canal and overhead Yellow Wagtail were calling. The Raven were sky dancing over Frodsham Score while small parties of Curlew were flying in for the evening roost. Out on No.3 tank a post breeding/juvenile flock of 500 Goldfinch were bouncing around the Canal Pools
Observer and images: WSM.