Part two of my after work birding weekend saw me watching from a secluded bank looking over a flock of 450 Black-tailed Godwit (including a colour ringed bird per SO) on No.6 tank. The surprise was a non-breeding plumage Bar-tailed Godwit watched feeding on the periphery of the main wader groups. The Avocet have again increased slightly on yesterday with 18 birds present. At least two were juvenile birds and probably locally breed (or local to the River Mersey). There were 3 Redshank, 1 Knot (SO), 2 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Ringed Plover including a local juvenile with them (one that hasn’t flown here). The two summer plumaged Dunlin were again present and the post non/breeding Lapwing flocks are gathering in numbers.
A few gulls were loitering and with them was a Herring Gull with a black darvic white lettered ring on its leg. The sound of distant gun shot spooked the gull and it flew off to the estuary before I could read it. My preliminary investigation indicate that it may be a bird banded in Essex in March 2012, but that’s as far as I have managed without any letters or numbers noted.
Ducks were also here with the usual Common Shelduck which included two shelduckling crèches, the one from previous days which still numbered 8 and another crèche which numbered 40 shelducklings. 21 Common Teal, 3 Wigeon, 91 Tufted Duck and 6 Little Grebe were all concentrated in the eastern section of the sludge tank.
A tumbling group of Raven were riding the air currents wafting up from the Manchester Ship Canal banks and several Common Swift were hawking low over the water surface.
Bar-tailed Godwit videos here: https://vimeo.com/223036559 & https://vimeo.com/223053113
Observers: Sean O’Hara, WSM (images and video).