Another chance to look over No.6 tank after work and another chance to coincide my visit with the height of the tide (almost).
When I arrived there was a flock of 350 Black-tailed Godwit settled in the tibia deep water close to the edge of the Sea Aster beds. Also trying to conceal themselves within their Blackwits were 3 Bar-tailed Godwit. The Ruff flock was again present and slowly counting through their number I managed a count of 101 birds and two very out of place Dunlin.
The duck numbers are beginning to increase again and the 248 Shoveler were mostly spinning together in scattered groups out on the water. Gadwall are doing well and rising with 30 birds this evening. The Common Teal flock reached 450 and were everywhere while 46 Tufted Duck remain in the eastern edge of the sludge tank.
The usual Peregrine was sat on the lip of the tall blue topped chimney overlooking the Weaver Sluices while a Kestrel and Common Buzzard were watched in the area. A Sparrowhawk was actively patrolling the hedgerow and juvenile male and female Marsh Harrier were quartering the reed beds while a Hen Harrier was watched until dusk dropping into the reeds to roost for the night.
There were hundreds of gulls dropping in to bathe and preen before heading out to the Mersey estuary including this dark-headed Common Gull.
A Cetti’s Warbler sang out its winter song and concluded a good evenings birding on the marshes.
Observers: Rob Little, WSM (images).