A day early for my WeBS count on No.6 tank during the high tide period this afternoon. The pool on the sludge tank is still receding and restricting to the centre of the eastern side. It was interesting to see tops of posts with barbed wire attached and petrified hedgerow stumps exposed for the first time in decades.
A small group of 8 Common Teal was nearly topped by the 14 young Mallard present. A small flock of 7 Common Shelduck headed out to the estuary. there was also 5 Moorhen, 137 Black-headed, a 2nd summer Common and 2 adult Lesser Black-backed Gull.
The only shorebirds in the hot bed of the tank included solitary Ruff & Black-tailed Godwit and just 14 Lapwing. A worn adult Marsh Harrier was drifted in the distant heat haze and a very brief snatch of Cetti’s Warbler song was just about it fr here.
I took a walk down to the Weaver Bend where the high tide on the River Mersey had lifted the water level on the River Weaver slightly and the small sand bank on the ‘Bend’ was covered by water restricting the number of waders present. There were roughly 10 Common Sandpiper, an adult and 2 juvenile Little Ringed Plover, 43 Avocet (including 4 fluffy young) between the ‘Bend’ and the Weaver estuary, 4 Oystercatcher, a single summer Dunlin, c100 Coot, 2 Great Crested Grebe, c1000 Black-headed, 1 Great Black-backed and a single adult Common Gull.
There were plenty of butterflies out on the wing including: Gatekeeper, Red Admiral, Large Skipper, Small White, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Meadow Brown and a new for me range expansion of Ringlet, which was close to the banks of the Weaver estuary.
Observer and images: WSM.