A brief visit to No.6 tank after work always helps me to unwind and assist in recording the bird life of my local patch. The flock of c1100 Black-tailed Godwit were still in residence, but often hundreds peel off and head off to the Mersey estuary and some often return. A couple of Ruff were watched preening with Common Redshank and the godwit flock, and a Green Sandpiper flew in and flew out again.
The Eurasian Teal flock are increasing daily and c500 were present with c110 Northern Shoveler, 5 Pintail, 30 Gadwall and 56 Mallard.
A Eurasian Sparrowhawk upset the band of roving tits, warblers and finches while a Cetti’s Warbler was singing nearby.
A couple of critters on the path back to my car.
Earlier and over in Spike Island, Widnes the Norwegian ringed Black-headed Gull made it into its 5th autumn return to this site.
Observer and images: WSM.