The monthly WeBs count on the River Mersey and surrounding area usually falls on the highest tide of the month and today’s count didn’t deviate from the norm. I wasn’t really expecting much to appear on my count site on No.6 tank because of the lack of water here to attract shorebirds.
A wait before and after the tide resulted in just 5 Ruff, over flying small flocks of Black-tailed Godwit, 130 Black-headed and 2 Common Gull, 6 common Teal that flew in and immediately flew out and an injured female Shoveler.
We continued our count hoping to find birds on our route around No.6 and a distant Merlin harassing a flock of Starling was interesting for it being the first of the autumn.
A Peregrine was sat on the tall blue topped chimney at Weston Point but apart from those birds listed above that concluded my count for the day…and as Galadriel said “I will diminish and go into the West”.
Observer and images: WSM.