I took a walk along Moorditch Lane en route to No.6 tank where a couple of passerines drew my attention to a pile of discarded wood. The two Wheatear were busy chasing each other in and out of the wood stack before finding the manure heap more to their liking.
Looking across No.6 tank into a brisk cool wind blowing in from the south-west revealed the open water full of ducks with 340 Common Shelduck being the highest number here for some time. A flock of 93 Tufted Duck was impressive even though the Shelduck stole the quack show. A selection of numerous Common Teal, Mallard and Gadwall were higher than usual.
My main attention was drawn to a flock of c1300 Black-tailed Godwit busy feeding in the thigh deep water and hidden in among them was a couple of Bar-tailed Godwit before pealing off in small flocks to the estuary. A partial summer Knot and 4 Ruff were a nice diversion. Redshank numbers have dropped considerably with only 23 birds noted.
A quick sprint to look across the mitigation pools on No.3 tank revealed a few more Black-tailed Godwits, Shoveler and Common Teal. A drake Wigeon with two females was an interesting partnership.
A female Marsh Harrier drifted in from the Mersey estuary to join a second bird. A pair of Peregrine were like bookends on the lip of the blue topped chimney over at the Weaver estuary at Weston Point.
Walking back the low heavy cloud and periods of rain brought down c200 Swallow with lesser numbers of Sand Martin.
A view of the Welsh hills from Frodsham Marsh with the only splash of sunlight this evening.
I even managed to relocate the up and down pivot screw that fell off my cursed Benro tripod!
Observer and images: WSM.