A very early morning stroll around No.6 tank. The moon was waning but showing well in the early sky, today being 50 years since the first man on la Luna.
There were several hundred Wood Pigeon which flew east looking for crop fields to raid and later in the day the shooter was out reducing their number. ock of c50 Dunlin dropped in to the shallow water on the tank while c200 Black-tailed Godwit and a handful of Redshank were already settled and busily feeding. Tufted Duck, Mallard, Common Shelduck and Eurasian Teal were present in small numbers while c60 Eurasian Coot were spread out on the water.
A Little Grebe had 4 young on the ‘secluded pool’ and several Avocet and Black-tailed Godwit could be seen on a scrape on No.3 tank. The ‘phalarope pool’ held 2 Common Snipe and 4 more Black-tailed Godwit. A pair of Common Buzzard hung in the air above the pool.
Lordship Lane had Reed Bunting, Reed and Sedge Warbler hiding in the reed beds while a family group of Kestrel hunted together along the bank.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-4).
I was in work today, so after that I made my way to the marsh to check out the birds brought in by the tide on the River Mersey.
The Red Knot I found a couple of nights ago was still present along with 96 (mostly) summer Dunlin, a male Ruff, c750 Black-tailed Godwit which were forced to take to he wing when an inexperienced juvenile Peregrine forced everything into the air (some stayed, some left).
There were 4 Common Ringed and 8 Little Ringed Plover sharing the exposed mud with the usual Yellow and Pied Wagtail family parties. Redshank are arriving freshly each day with a mixture of juvenile and summer adults.
Observer: WSM (images 5-13).