A 6 km walk around No.6 tank after work and in glorious evening sunshine. The flooded fields adjacent to Lordship Lane were devoid of birdlife but a couple of adult boys playing with their drones over the fields were probably responsible for this. Further on and the wintering swan herd was numbering in excess of 40 birds but I could only manage 20 Whooper Swan but a lot of birds were hiding behind the hedges.
A little later Whooper’s were seen heading out to the Manchester Ship Canal/Frodsham Score, so maybe the ‘adults’ with their drones may have dislodged the swans?
A Peregrine was over the marsh and disturbed the Curlews out on the fields. The mitigation pools on No.3 tank had a good selection of ducks with 43 Shoveler and 140 Common Teal along with a few Common Shelduck and 23 Coot.
I was surprised to see 6 Whooper Swan trumpting from the water on No.6 tank but they didn’t linger and headed out to the west soon after. A flock of 22 Ruff was a bit of a surprise here aswell. It was interesting to see c400 Common Teal back on the water after the recent lower counts. A flock of 46 Tufted Duck (18 were on the Splashing Pool), 19 Common Pochard and a solitary Great Crested Grebe were also present.
Numerous Raven were heading south for the evening with at least two showing shotgun holes in their primary feathers? The ones that stayed behind were enjoying the glutton of mutton on offer.
A partial leucistic male Blackbird was in a shrub outside the garden centre, opposite the Cenotaph on Greenway Road, Runcorn earlier in the day.
Observers: Paul Ralston (image 3), Sparky & WSM (images 2-4).