An evening stroll along the track between No.5 & 6 tanks revealed 5 Ruff, c20 Common Snipe, several Common Redshank in amongst the c1000 Black-tailed Godwit on No.6. A few of the male Northern Shoveler were looking splendid now they have finished their moult.
15 Raven were active around the tank with more on the fence off No.3. 16 Black-tailed Godwit were on the ‘phalarope pool’ with 20 Eurasian Teal, 2 Northern Shoveler, 2 Mute Swan and several Eurasian Coot and Moorhen. A Marsh Harrier had settled for the night in the reed bed on No.6 tank.
A Kingfisher was seen in the ditch along Lordship Lane and 4 Eurasian Curlew were feeding in the fields alongside the lane.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.
After dropping JS and Jo off for their girlie night in Chester I managed to squeeze in 20 minutes in the failing light and met PR on his way back to his car.
The sun had dropped below the horizon and the best colour in the sky was left to the end of the day. A small group of Raven were riding the breeze while a female Marsh Harrier panned and tilted their advances.
There were hundreds of ducks milling around on the water of No.6 tank and included 71 Tufted Duck with an assortment of Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail and c800 Eurasian Teal. A skein of 18 Pink-footed Goose flew over heading south and looked to drop into Lordship Marsh.