It takes a special birder(s) to continue to bird watch an area even when it’s not at its best and I would say that this August has been a testing time for loyalty to our birding patch.
An early finish from work and a walk along the River Weaver for a look over Frodsham Score. Not much on the river apart from a handful of Mallard, Common Teal and Coot. There was a single Common Sandpiper sat with a group of Lapwing at the junction of the Manchester Ship Canal where a single Great Crested Grebe with 4 much smaller Little’s for company.
Out on Frodsham Score were c400 Black-tailed Godwit and c150 Curlew sat out the tide at the edge of the river with c80 Cormorant.
Butterflies were once again common in the warm sunshine with Small Tortoiseshell, Small Copper, Comma and Large White on the wing.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.
After work we took a circular walk along and around the track of No.6 tank. The lack of rain (nothing short of a tsunami would fill) on the sludge tank still has an enormous effect on the ducks and waders that would otherwise be here at this important time for year for the refueling and resting stops. The only birds present were a small flock of Wood Pigeon.
A Sparrowhawk attracted the attention of a flock of House Martin while a few Common Buzzard emerged into the thermals.
Butterflies included both Red Admiral and Painted Lady.
Observers: Sparky & WSM.