After work and the bright sunshine of a Spring day beckoned ahead. On arrival the sound of calling Golden Plover could be heard from the muddy margins of the flooded sludge tank. Suddenly the whole shorebird flocks present rose into the air when a Peregrine flew overhead. After the confusion everything resettled and 3 Black-tailed Godwit were meager fare for the watch but GW had seen a Sanderling, Dunlin and a Ruff prior to my visit. There were several Common Snipe feeding in the flooded vegetation with 12 Redshank. he Peregrine made a second visit which was enough for the majority of c300 Golden Plover to exist to the Mersey estuary.
Another Peregrine was sat out on the lip of the tall blue topped chimney at Weston Point. A craggy looking female Marsh Harrier headed in over No.5 tank from the east and was seen on both No.6 and No.4 tanks shortly after.
Numerous Raven were heading to Wales for the night and a Great Spotted Woodpecker was by the ‘Splashing Pool’.
Observers: Arthur Harrison, Gary Worthington, WSM (images).