16.04.18. Birdlog.

A high tide count from No.6 tank produced 1150 Black-tailed and 2 Bar tailed Godwit with 32 Redshank, 5 Ruff, 8 Knot, Cetti’s Warbler and 2 locally rare Yellowhammer.

Ducks were in evidence and included Gadwall, 11 Mallard, 96 Common Shelduck, 87 Shoveler, 325 Common Teal, 57 Tufted Duck while out on No.3 tank were 36 Coot.

Observer and image: Joe Chester.

My visit was after 4.30 pm when all the godwits had departed back to the expanse of mudflats on the Mersey estuary to feed. There were just a handful of 34 and 4 Redshank still present on No.6 tank.

A short walk over to the mitigation on no.3 had 8 Ruff, 1 Common Snipe, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, a male Wheatear and two pale morph Common Buzzard (one) sat on the fence line and the other watching from the banks of Frodsham Score. A small flock of 15 Swallow and 3 Sand Martin were hawking insects over the Canal Pools.

Observers: Arthur Harrison, WSM.