These are lean times on my favourite birding patch and a walk around No.6 tank didn’t make me think that these times are a changing.
A couple of juvenile Sparrowhawk were chasing a Reed Bunting over Lordship Marsh but either had the skills to outwit it.
A small reddish Common Toad emerged from the grassy verge to make a run for it across the path but faltered long enough for me to capture its essence with my trusty camera. The Lapwing flocks are beginning to gather in the fields and a flock were close to the maize field off Lordship Lane.
Looking across No.3 tank to the Pumping Station and the Raven hoard are really enjoying the stiff breeze coming in off the River Mersey riding the draughts. A lonesome Black-tailed Godwit flew over but hundreds more were sheltering by the Weaver Sluice gates.
No.6 tank was as barren and dry as is the norm but c30 Alba Wagtail were finding something to feed on in between the cracked mud.
A few summer migrants were lingering or passing through with Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat and Chiifchaff along with the usual maurading Long-tailed Tit flocks.
A Badger latrine was full of blackberry seeds and added to the colourful complexion of the wildlife today.
A few butterflies included Red Admiral, Speckled Wood and Painted Lady.
Observers: Sparky & WSM (images).