08.05.20. Birdlog.

Although the Wood Sandpiper was still at the ‘phalarope pool’ on No.3 tank the rising temperatures brought the cattle out to wallow in its cooling waters. The poor wader relocated to No.6 tank where 10 Common Ringed Plover and a small flock of c100 Black-tailed Godwit were hanging out. A Spotted Flycatcher was spotted by the old birdlog.

Observations by visiting birders.

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I made my way to watch the last big tide of the spring out on the River Mersey. The river covered most of Frodsham Score but there wasn’t that much on the shorebird front to get me to excited.

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A flock of 23 Eurasian Curlew also had with them 12 Eurasian Whimbrel with a flock of 17 Eurasian Oystercatcher, 20 Dunlin, small numbers of Common Ringed Plover and Common Redshank. The tide forced out a small number of Little Egret but nothing else.

The definitely the high point for me was seeing a Harbour Porpoise after following directions from across the river by one of the sith birders of Hale… Ian Igglesden. His video is posted here.

A ‘reeling’ Grasshopper Warbler hding in a bramble patch and countless Cetti’s Warbler which were very vocal on and around the marsh today.

Observer: WSM (images 1-4 and video 1).

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The small ‘phalarope pool’ on second inspection produced 2 Western Yellow Wagtail and a Little Ringed Plover.

Observers: Gary Worthington, WSM.

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A quick visit after work this afternoon starting off at Godscroft Lane where Linnet and European Goldfinch were feeding along the edge of the fields and Common Whitethroat were singing from the tops of the bushes. Added to this Cetti’s Warbler singing from deep within the cover. Lordship Lane was alive to the sounds of Sedge and Reed Warbler and a Western Yellow Wagtail passed overhead.

A Western Marsh Harrier was drifting between No.4 and No.6 tanks and a couple of Common Buzzard were rising on the thermals.

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On the ‘phalarope pool’ the Northern Lapwing were guarding their chicks and drove a away a Common redshank as it tried to enter its territory The tringa eventually succeeded and settled down and was then ignored by the plover.

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The cattle were a bigger threat and wandered across the pool much to the plovers annoyance.  A  distant scrape on No.3 held 4 Pied Avocet, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, several Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, Mallard and Eurasian Teal. The canal pools had a pair of Mute Swan, a pair of Great Crested Grebe, Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Eurasian Coots and Common Moorhen.

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The Loach cargo barge returning back to its berth at Wigg Island after dropping off a load of grain.

A Brimstone flew along the Manchester Ship Canal and several other species of butterfly and insect were out enjoying the sun.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images 5-8).