As I was walking onto the marsh FD & PC were heading off, so I had it all to myself…at least that was what I thought.
Walking along Moorditch Lane in the first proper rain for ages and the Zebra Pony was in the horse paddock but with an overcoat it was fully protected. There were still birds singing away with the usual Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Common Whitethroat adding to the sounds of summer. With time to spare and a bit of old fashioned fieldcraft got me some cracking views of both Sedge and Reed Warbler avoiding the heavy rain droplets running down the reed stems.
A look over No.6 tank revealed a flock of 461 Black-tailed Godwit with a single Oystercatcher, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 3 Lapwing. The ducks were scattered everywhere and the dried out edges of the water had a mixed flock of c100 Mallard and 81 Gadwall. There were 6 drake and 2 female Common Teal with 3 Tufted Duck and 56 Common Shelduck.
During my time looking from the banks of No.6 tank a Red Kite was spotted by Dave Craven circling over Marsh Farm as seen from the Hale side, while Common Tern and Scoter were viewed on the tide from the Mersey Way. It would be nice to have the luxury of accessing the Mersey shoreline from the Frodsham side but the Manchester Ship Canal and other selfish interests have restricted our access.
The Marsh Harrier was ranging widely while No.3 tank had 3 Ringed Plover and a solitary Avocet.
Observer: WSM (images 1-5).
Yellow Wagtail on ‘shitigation’ pools spotted by Lou(ise).
Long-tailed Tit image by Paul Crawley.