I didn’t expect to get any birding in after my early dart from work today (3.30pm) but the wind eased (a little) and the rain held back long enough to take a hike along the track between No.5 & No.6 tanks.
The blustery conditions from a south and south-westerly direction and with careful positioning behind a Spindle bush afforded me shelter (of sorts). Most of the birds present were Black-headed gull with the odd Common and Lesser Black backs. A small gathering of 19 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Redshank and 14 Dunlin were all facing away from me so not best views. Common Teal, Mallard and 6 Pintail were all sheltering from the wind by sitting close into the southern banks of No.6.
A few Mallard and 18 Shoveler were in the safe harbour of the ‘Splashing Pool’ by the Pumping Station.
A single Common Buzzard was being mobbed by a Sparrowhawk while an immature male Kestrel was “angin in’t wind” as they say in Bolton over the distant reedy pasture. The Peregrine braved the full force of the mild brooding storm. Finally a female Merlin hurtled across No.3 tank to outwit its quarry on No.5.
Observers: Sparky & WSM (images).