Leaving the car behind with the sunniest day of the year ahead I walked along Moorditch Lane and bumped into Alyn on the way. We both embarked on a long stride through the marshes to the distant boundary before heading back via the pumping station.
A look over the north banks of No.6 tank only produced 50 Tufted Duck and 5 Common Pochard but the sunlight at that particular time wasn’t at its best. We continued our walk and repositioned ourselves overlooking the tank from the south banks. The light was much better and with a little creative positioning we managed to see all the waders that were there. The majority were tucked into a bay of the water, mud and reeds and were either roosting or preening. The Black-tailed Godwit flock were tightly packed but I estimated there were c250 with 4 Dunlin, 140 Redshank, 5 Ruff and 200 Golden Plover. There were 9 Avocet feeding in the shallow water further out with much reduced counts of Common Teal, Shoveler, Pintail and Common Shelduck.
Continuing our walk we looked over the flooded fields on Lordship Marsh but apart from the in situ Mute Swan pair the rest of the swans including the Whooper’s had vacated the area.
Eventually we found ourselves perched on the banks overlooking Frodsham Score where numerous Raven were heavy bellied, well fed and generally just loafing about. The Common Buzzard were out in force with several birds mewing to attract the attention of others, or generally in the act of display. The act of amore was definitely in the air today. The distant flocks of geese on the edge of the score salt marsh could have been pinkie’s and the white shimmering blobs could have been Whooper’s but that was left to the mirage.
The pipes across No.1 had a fine male Wheatear which Alyn had found earlier in the day. The Wheatear and a smattering of Chiffchaff singing from several locations were the obvious migrants.
A few additional birds worthy of inclusion were 14 Goldeneye and 16 Pintail on the Weaver estuary (AC).
A great day for a walk but perhaps not a great day for passage migrants although there were great views of the commoner species.
The butterflies included both Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock’s.
Observers: Alyn Chambers, WSM (images).