A walk around tanks 6 and 4 late afternoon which started with a set down (released) Red-legged Partridge and her late brood of 8 (cannon fodder) chicks being led along the lane only to dive for cover as a Raven passed overhead. On No.6 and the usual mixed flock of Ducks included Mallard, Common Teal, Common Shelduck, Tufted Duck and Shoveler were present with a flock of c100 Black-tailed Godwit and a single Ruff. There were 5 Common Snipe were on the small pool near the ‘Splashing Pool’ with another two more on the Canal Pool. A skyful of Common Buzzard, Raven and Marsh Harrier were together and sizing each other up high over the Manchester Ship Canal and several more Raven were noted playing in the breeze. A pair of Stonechat were along the path and Common Teal, Coot, Moorhen and Little Grebe were on the Holpool Gutter. My watch concluded with n adult Peregrine which was sat on its tower overlooking the marsh from the Growhow Works and 2 Kestrel were hunting the opposite bank on No.4 tank.
Observer and image: Paul Ralston.