Despite the sudden change in temperature and wind direction I undeterred paid a visit to the marshes after work. Walking along the track between No.5 & 6 tanks and followed it to the ‘phalarope pool’ on No.3 tank.
The alarm calls of a pair of Common Redshank drew my attention to their 2 redshankling chicks busy storing up insects from the grass by the pool.
The drake Garganey was lazily preening in the pool before walking out to settle down with a small group of Mallard while the shanklings were feeding around him. The Gadwall and Tufted Duck pair were almost present.
Walking back I settled down to watch the shorebirds and ducks on the water of No.6 tank. A flock of c500 Black-tailed Godwit and with them was 8 Common Redshank, 14 Northern Lapwing, 6 Dunlin, 9 Red Knot, 8 Common Ringed Plover and 12 Pied Avocet. The ducks were again in good numbers with 8 drake and a duck Common Pochard, 54 Tufted Duck, 6 Eurasian Teal, 6 Northern Shoveler, 100 Mallard, 14 Gadwall and 78 Common Shelduck.
Warblers were also present in good numbers with Cetti’s Warbler, Reed, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap and Common Whitethroat.
A Stoat ambled along the track as I walked back.
Earlier in the day I witnessed a mass eruption of toadlets from their birth pool to the Sankey Canal at Widnes Warth Marsh alongside the Trans Pennine Trail.
Observer and images: WSM.