The water level on No.6 tank prevents any tsuitable drier/damp ground for small waders to settle and thus for the time being we don’t expect any Dunlin, Curlew Sandpiper or Little Stint to remain here until the level drops. Birds spotted today both from a morning and an afternoon visit include: 8 Little Grebe, 4 Grey Heron, 7 Moorhen, Black-headed Gull 280. 47 Ruff, 420 Lapwing, 4 Golden Plover, 480 Black-tailed Godwit, 32 Gadwall, 25 Mallard (with another 31 on the Splashing Pool), 9 Pintail, 27 Common Shelduck, 278 Shoveler, 480 Common Teal, 47 Tufted Duck and 32 Wigeon.
A Swallow was noted heading through and a couple of Cetti’s Warbler were vocal in both the am and pm period.
At dusk I took a stroll along Brook Furlong Lane and apart from a couple of Goldcrest it was rather quiet, that was until two birds starting calling from the Hawthorn hedgerow by the horse paddock field. I was keen when a Yellow-browed Warbler swee-oo call was coming from the trees adjacent to the path, but it was difficult to pick up the bird. I eventually managed to get a decent view of it but was presented with a Chiffchaff! Almost immediately another was giving the same call and after locating that bird it too was a Chiffchaff. There have been birds giving similar calls throughout the Mersey Valley over the last month and obviously there is much to discuss over their origin?
The flooded turf field by the motorway bridge had a big flock of Black-headed Gull, 25 Black-tailed Godwit and 4 Ruff.
Nature Notes #60
A Stoat was watched running along the track above No.6 tank.
Numerous dragonflies and butterflies were on the wing in the bright sunshine including: Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Large and Small White’s.
A few Fly Agaric were fruiting locally with some splendid examples to be seen.
Orange Bolette fungi.
Observers: Joe from Chester (images 1-4) & WSM (images 5-13).