An early dart from work and a walk around No.6 tank. There didn’t appear much to hold my interest overlooking the sludge tank but a flock of 43 Lapwing, 42 Common Teal, a few Mallard and Black-headed Gull were present. On further scrutiny a flock of 7 Ruff were busy feeding on the eastern edge.
The ‘Secluded Pool’ was barren but the yelping calls of moving Pink-footed Goose alerted me to a skein passing through from the north. These were followed by 3 other skeins looking for a safe refuge on Frodsham Score (if they manage to be left alone). A Kestrel took umbrage to a passing Sparrowhawk and a short but violent tussle ensued before the ‘sprawk’ was sent packing.
The ‘Splashing Pool’ was quite but a few Shoveler were lingering in a peaceful corner.
Lordship Lane was alive with Linnet flocks joining together over the maize stubble fields.
A far bit of other wildlife were enjoying the early autumn sunshine with Common Darter, hawkers, Red Admiral and Painted Lady on the wing. A lethargic and dehydrated Common Toad needed a bit of encouragement and was coaxed to a safer haven than the dusty track it was mummified on.
Observers: Sparky & WSM (images).