I was exercising my daily walking routine on the marsh with a start looking across No.6 tank. A variety of ducks were present but the sunshine was directly across from my position and it was difficult to view their numbers in the shimmering waters.
Walking along Moorditch Lane between No.3 and No.6 tank and a Western Marsh Harrier was jousting with a Common Buzzard high above. The ‘phalarope pool’ was rather quiet with Little Ringed Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and a few ducks.
A small flock of Tufted Duck included a confiding pair on the river bank.
The Weaver Estuary was also quiet with 5 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 34 Pied Avocet flying out to the Mersey Estaury in dribs and drabs. A large group of Sand Martin were flying over and a White Wagtail was on the waters edge.
I continued alongside Redwall reedbed where a Grasshopper Warbler, 2 ‘Greenland’ Northern Wheatear, a fine male European Stonechat and the mixed songster Willow Warbler. A couple of Little Egret dropped into one of the shooters’ pools and another Western Marsh Harrier flew over heading west.
Observer: WSM (video & images 1-13).
A walk around No.6 tank then on to Ince later in the day. Again Reed, Sedge and Cetti’s Warbler were vocal along Lordship Lane and Common Whitethroat were seen all along my walk.
A male Western Marsh Harrier was seen hunting over the area. There were 4 Common Snipe, 3 Black-tailed Godwit on the ‘phalarope pool’ with Eurasian Teal, Common Shelduck, Gadwall and Mallard.
A Northern Wheatear was seen on the top of a bush along Lordship Lane it then dropped into a field and was observed fly-catching.
Later at Ince there were 2 more Cetti’s Warbler and a pair of Mute Swan were on one of the pools alongside the usual ducks and 2 Little Grebe.
Just as the sun was setting a Barn Owl left its roost and hunted over the fields and a nice way to end the day and my exercise.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 14-19).