It was a wet morning around No.6 tank where c500 Black-tailed Godwit flocked together in the shallow water and c200 left for the Mersey estuary when they were spooked by a Common Buzzard.
A small flock of 6 Ruff, c20 Common Redshank, a dozen or more Common Snipe and a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper foraged in the vegetation together. The herds of Canada Goose were leaving the tank as I approached along Moorditch Lane and several hundred were still on the tank but left soon after my arrival.
There were Mallard, Eurasian Teal, Northern Shoveler were numerous with smaller numbers of Gadwall, Common Shelduck and Northern Pintail.
A couple of Mute Swan 4 Gadwall, 4 Northern Shoveler and the usual Eurasian Coot and Moorhen were on the ‘phalarope pool’ while c80 Mallard, 15 Gadwall and a few Northern Shoveler were on the ‘splashing pool.
A flock of c60 Eurasian Curlew were feeding in a field along Lordship Lane and 2 Kestrel were hunting the bank while a Eurasian Sparrowhawk targeted a European Starling flock feeding in the stubble fields.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.