A message this morning from Elliot confirmed that the Red-necked Phalarope was still in residence with 6 Black-tailed Godwit on a small pool (adjacent to the ‘Splashing Pool’) at the west side of No.3 tank, it attracted a steady stream of admirers throughout the day.
A Marsh Harrier was watched drifting through the wind turbines on No.4 tank while a Peregrine was a brave soul perched on aloft the blue topped chimney at Weston Point with its chest broad into the high wind.
I eventually made it back to the marsh after a visit to New Brighton with Leach’s Petrel and Grey Phalarope noted. The buffeting wind made it difficult at times but generally No.6 tank had 200 Black-tailed with another 263 by the Weaver Sluices. Ducks were gathered closely with the godwits and included 161 Shoveler and 134 Common Teal.
Further to the east of Frodsham Bridge and a couple of Garganey were spotted on a small pool.
Observers: John Rayner, Elliot Monteith, Gary Worthington, Sparky & WSM (and images).