08.04.18. Birdlog.

Highlight from this morning was a male Ring Ouzel along the path between No. 3 and No. 6 tank.

The Weaver Bend held a Green Sandpiper and 2 Common Sandpiper. Further towards the Weaver estuary were 14 Goldeneye and a pair of Stonechat.

A female Marsh Harrier was over No. 6 tank, 2 Swallow and 8 Sand Martin moved through and a single Dunlin joined a handful of Redshank.

4 Fieldfare were along Moorditch Lane, 2 Jay were moving around Brook Furlong Lane and 16 Avocet were out on the Mersey estuary.

Across the Marsh were 17 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap and 3 Cetti’s Warbler.

Observer: Alyn Chambers (image 1).

Additionally there were 3 Willow Warbler in Redwall reed bed and several Wheatear along the fence line on No.3 tank.

Observer: Paul Miller.

I took a walk around No.6 tank at lunch time with the morning mist clearing into a fine afternoon. The juvenile Mute Swan was still in the ditch along Moorditch Lane and there were several Reed Bunting being active along the bank alongside. A flock of Black-tailed Godwit were watched to dropping in to the wet field by the blue tank slurry tank on Lordship Marsh and on closer inspection it revealed 14 Ruff and several curlew feeding with them. A Lapwing drove away a Common Buzzard from its territory then mobbed a passing Raven to boot. The Mute Swan herd was again near Spring Farm and 2 Marsh Harrier were seen over the distant sludge tanks.

On the mitigation pool were Common Teal, Shoveler, Gadwall, Mallard plus many Coot and a small number of Black-tailed Godwit also present.

The bushes along the track held several Goldcrest and Chiffchaff with Long-tailed, Blue and Great Tit adding to the passerine totals.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images 3-4).

After an enjoyable walk around Hale shore with Chester RSPB I eventually made my way over to Frodder’s for a late after spot of more birding. We walked around No.6 tank and added 5 White Wagtail in the flooded fields of Lordship Lane, a kettle of 12 Common Buzzard over No.4 tank with 2 Marsh Harrier drifting over.

No.6 tank had a small number of waders and ducks including: c60 Tufted Duck, 21 Ruff and a Whimbrel.

Observers: Sparky & WSM (images 2&5).

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