02.04.18. Birdlog.

A mid day walk around No.6 and No.4 tanks during a break in the rain, rain, rain and …downpour weather started with a Kestrel sitting on a fence post in the horse paddock and the juvenile Mute Swan still in hanging in the ditch.

Onward to No.6 and the duck numbers were lower but there was still a decent selection with Tufted Duck, Common Shelduck, Mallard, Common Teal, Gadwall and Shoveler were all present. There was several hundred Black-tailed Godwit in the shallows with more passing overhead and some turning back to the estuary. Lapwing, Redshank, Ruff and Dunlin were all noted in small numbers during my walk here.

Both the male and female Marsh Harrier were over the reed bed and another female was being harassed by Raven near to the dredger birth at Ince marsh fields. Even more Black-tailed Godwit with a couple of Ruff were at the mitigation pool on No.3 tank with Shoveler and Common Teal.

Out on the Frodsham Score as the tide was in there were yet more Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, 3 Grey Plover, Dunlin, Lapwing and Oystercatcher took to the air as a Peregrine cruised by.

Walking back along Lordship Lane there were c60 Curlew fed in the stubble fields with a mixed flock of Chaffinch, Linnet, Meadow Pipit and Reed Bunting in tow. A Lapwing was alert on crow patrol.

The Mute Swan herd was by Spring Farm and a pair of Greylag Goose were in the wet field by Hares Lane watching over the fly tipping there.

A Chiffchaff was keeping company with a group of long-tailed Tit on the banks of N0.4 and back at the northern ramp on No.6 a flock of Common Gull were worm charming in the stubble field with a few Black-headed Gull.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.