An evening watch over No.6 and No.3 tanks. Most of the c550 Black-tailed Godwit were positioned on the southern fringes of No.6 and a smaller section flew in to settle close to the north banks. A small flock of 12 Dunlin included 5 Ringed Plover. Over on No.3 a couple of Ringed Plover were joining the 12 Avocet, 2 Redshank and 3 Black-tailed Godwit which were away from the main action on six.
The duck squadron included: 120 Common Shelduck. 62 Gadwall, c100 Mallard, single drakes of Common Teal, Wigeon and Common Pochard were widely scattered on the extremely shallow waters of the sludge tank. A flock of 47 Tufted Duck were sticking to what is left of the deeper waters.
Far in the distance a male Marsh Harrier was watched drifting over No.4.
The Cetti’s Warbler blurted out its tunes along Lordship Lane and a Kingfisher flew across the road at Frodsham Swing bridge..
A Cockchafer was sat out in the setting sunshine and gave me the opportunity to get up close to capture its best side on my camera. A couple old names for this species include May Bug and Doodlebug. More information here: http://uksafari.com/cockchafer.htm
Observer and images: WSM.