03.08.17. Birdlog

I took an hour out to give No.6 tank a brief once over after work. There was a flock of c300 Black-tailed Godwit with a single Redshank and 2 Ruff.

Duck numbers were again much reduced with barely double figures of Tufted Duck along with 50 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 1 Gadwall and 14 Common Teal. A raft of 18 Little Grebe was a good sign of another successful breeding season on the marshes.

A distant juvenile Marsh Harrier sailed over the reed beds while Common Buzzard were watched high over Helsby Hill.

The usual Raven hoard were again patrolling the margins of the marsh on the lookout for an easy meal.

A couple of Broad-leaved Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine) are at Wigg Island, Runcorn with one in full flower.

Observer and images: WSM