A walk around No.6 and 4 tanks from mid morning which started with 5 Ruff on the rapidly diminishing water on No.6. A few Common Teal and Mallard were paddling about in whats left of the shallow pool. A Green Sandpiper was on the secluded pool with a couple of Lapwing for company.
Onward to the Manchester Ship Canal path where a juvenile male Sparrowhawk was perched on a weed stem watching a flock of Goldfinch and Linnet in that area.
A flock of c60 post breeding Lapwing were on the pontoons and 5 Common Sandpiper were seen along the exposed canal bank as the water is low here as well. Another pair of Green Sandpiper dropped in on the opposite bank and several broods of Tufted Duck were on the water. There were c400 Canada Goose resting on the canal with a couple of thousand more out on the Frodsham Score salt marsh.
Common Swift, House Martin and Swallow were feeding overhead while Reed and Sedge Warbler were seen and heard through out my walk.
Observer: Paul Ralston (image 1-3).
An evening visit to coincide with the High (but low) tide out on the Mersey estuary. I stood on the banks of No.6 tank looking across the shallow pool where 19 Ringed Plover flew in and flew out just as quickly. The 5 Ruff were still present from earlier in the day and just 4 Black-tailed Godwit lingered.
A small flock of Black-headed Gull included an interesting leucistic bird with overall paler plumage and having pale washed out primaries and ghosted head markings. The bright red bare parts were quite obvious and stood out compared to the ‘normal’ BhG’s present.
A juvenile Marsh Harrier was watched circling high over Lordship Marsh..
Image 4 by WSM.