A Hobby was still showing well over No.3 tank along while a Peregrine, Marsh Harrier and a Wheatear were close to the ramp track onto No.5 tank.
Observer: Steve O’Connell.
Stepping out this morning before the change in the forecasted weather front rolled in. I started from Ince continuing around No.4 tank.
A large flock of Mallard were mixed in with the pigeons and corvids which fed on the grain left over in the fields from the harvest and these were later joined by many Canada’s. Out on the Frodsham Score and its open mutton larder attracted both Raven and Black-backed Gull while nearby Curlew and Lapwing were seeking something with a little bit more life. I surprised a Fox as it made its way along a track and watched it bolt for cover scattering a few rabbits as it went.
The Canal Pools were quiet this time round with a couple of anglers fishing for Carp but the pools still held a few Common Teal, Mallard and Little Grebe. The ‘Splashing Pool held more Gadwall, Mallard, Common Teal, the first of two Pintail of the summer appeared and Tufted Duck with Little Grebe, Coot and Moorhen also seen. On the raptor front the standard-bearer is always Common Buzzard with Sparrowhawk and Kestrel bringing up the rear on and over No.4 while the male Peregrine was sat proud on one tower overlooking his kingdom and the female sat on another tower a short distance away both on the Growhow factory. Back by my car the sorry sight of a dead Barn Owl on the track looked feather perfect and not a mark on it but felt very thin and underweight!
Looking east from Ince to the wind turbines on Frodsham Marsh
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 2-4).
A mid afternoon drive along the bumpy tracks around No.6 tank and the in, out, in, out of my car birding dodging the heavy periods of rain. Between the bouts of rain I managed to piece together on good birding which started with a couple of Marsh Harrier moving through. It was difficult to judge where the waders would pitch down during the rising tide but I did manage to see 15 Knot, 2 Dunlin, a juvenile Ruff, small numbers of Black-tailed Godwit. A family party of Little Grebe with bunched together in the daisy beds while various ducks of various species were on the open water.
High over No.6 tank were 800 hirundines mostly Swallow with some House Martin mixed in and just a solitary Sand Martin for good measure.
Observer: Mark (Whipper) Gibson.
Image 1 by WSM.