After a promising start things petered out. No.1 tank had c80 Curlew and 20 Black-tailed Godwit with the odd Kestrel and a steady flow of Swallow. No.6 had 2 Dunlin, 30 Teal and 20 Pied Wagtail whilst the bank separating 3 & 5 had Raven and Buzzard sparring.
Butterflies including Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown and White’s started to come out with the sun at about 13:00 all over the marsh. A Wheatear was near the pool by the farm.
Observer: Paul Crawley (images 1-2).
Recent rains have left a shallow pool on No.6 tank which attracted c40 Common Teal, a few Mallard, 3 Dunlin and 3 Black-tailed Godwit. A Sparrowhawk and Kestrel were having a dogfight over No.6 and several Common Buzzard were overhead.
The ‘Splashing Pool’ held only a single Mallard with the Tufted Duck flock settled on the Manchester Ship Canal. Raven were numerous in the area with many enjoying the updraft from the ship canal bank. Further along and 2 Common Snipe were at the Canal Pools with both Swallow and House Martin stocking up before the trek south. A dozen or so Yellow Wagtail were feeding on No.3 with a flock of Meadow Pipit and Skylark.
A flock of c200 Black-tail Godwit dropped on to a scrape on No.3 and soon moved out to the estuary. A single Blackwit was feeding at the ‘Secluded Pool’ with another Common Snipe for company.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 3-4).
A brief visit to the marsh this dull wet morning starting at Marsh Farm where a Kestrel dropped from a great height and caught a decent sized black rodent. A flock of c300 Black-tailed Godwit with several Curlew and a mass of Starling fed in the hay field.
On to No.6 tank which was devoid of birdlife but this may have been due to a Marsh Harrier hunting over the area. The ‘Secluded Pool’ had a Green Sandpiper and a Water Rail. A few more godwits were seen dropping down on to the scrape on No.3 and a Weasel crossed the path in front of me.
Observer: Paul Ralston.