21.05.17. Birdlog

Walking along Moorditch Lane it was surprising to see a car upturned in the ditch. A quick call to Cheshire Police and the switch board confirmed that it had already been reported and all were safe and accounted for from the vehicle.

With the main wader migration nearing its end I wasn’t expecting too much from a watch over No.6 tank but “ne’er cast a clout till May be out” it is said.

A flock of c640 Black-tailed Godwit were either onward to pastures new or here for the summer (the latter I would say). The recent unsympathetic¬†draining of the ‘Ibis Pool’ over at Carr Lane, Hale may have contributed to the increase in numbers of godwit here? Apart from a few Lapwing with various sized chicks there was little else in the way of shorebirds but we’re ever hopeful.

The mitigation pools on No.3 tank had 9 Avocet, 34 Black-tailed Godwit and a solitary Ringed Plover.

Duck numbers are variable at the moment with c100 Tufted Duck, 43 Gadwall, a drake Wigeon, 67 Common Shelduck and the ever-present Mallard pairs were all good value. The highlight of the day was 3 adult Fulvous Whistling Duck (PR) on the Weaver estuary but a passing canoeist caused their premature departure and were last seen heading off to waters elsewhere.

The Marsh Harrier was drifting about the reed beds while a few Common Buzzard were noted.

Another Avocet, 2 Ringed Plover and a Wheatear were also near the river.

Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow and Cetti’s Warbler were all vocal along the lanes of the marsh and a Stoat was busy seeking out a meal long the track as we walked back.

Observers: Paul Ralston (images 3-5), Simon Pinder, Jacqui and Idris Roberts, Sparky & WSM (images 1-2).