A last hour after work this afternoon from Ince to the Holpool Gutter. The usual suspects were on the pools with the addition of a pair of Greylag Goose and a Green Sandpiper. A Chiffchaff was calling from the hedgerow and a pair of Reed Bunting were claiming their territory nearby. Out on the salt marshes a pair of Oystercatcher were also making a territorial claim. The 20 Whooper Swan flock have joined forces with the Mute Swan herd and were feeding alongside the gutter. A Marsh Harrier was seen over No.4 tank and a Peregrine was watching over the marsh from its tower at the Growhow Works. Back by Ince Berth the Little Egret group was dropping in to roost but were hidden by the foliage making a count difficult. A small bat spp was hawking over the pools.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-2).
A very brief visit after work and a walk along Moorditch Lane to the mitigation area on No.3 tank featured a few Chiffchaff singing along the way. There were plenty of Common Teal feeding close to the reedy daisy stalks where 20 Common Snipe were hiding out. Tufted Duck and Common Pochard were settled further out in the open water and a Great Crested Grebe was fishing. A gathering of 150 Golden Plover and 4 Ruff were the only waders of note.
A Cetti’s Warbler throw out a snatch of song from deep in the thickets.
The pools on No.3 tank had Common Teal, Shoveler, Pintail and a flock of 22 Golden Plover. Raven were drifting south at dusk with a minimum of 35 birds countered.
Observer: WSM (images 3-4).