There were good numbers of duck on the waters of the tank and included Common Teal, Tufted Duck, Common Shelduck, Mallard, Gadwall, Shoveler and a few Common Pochard. Avocet tallied 8 birds and were feeding at the waters edge alongside a flock of Lapwing.
A Marsh Harrier flew over the reed bed and a several hundred Golden Plover passed over heading towards the estuary. The mitigation pools held another 10 Avocet and more Common Teal. Shoveler and 6 Black-tailed Godwit.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-3).
While Paul was doing his thang down on the marsh I was heading through the forest at Delamere. Apart from a few Siskin and Lesser Redpoll feeding in the larch trees it was a quiet. Not so quiet was Blakemere with its raucous Black-headed Gull colony in full courtship rituals.
Observers: Sparky, WSM (image 4-8).