Arriving on the marsh we met Peter Malpass and his Dad and Uncle along with Guy Groves. They had already been out birding and had spotted the Red-necked Phalarope on No.6 tank and had also seen a Common Tern on the River Weaver and a Green Sandpiper at the ‘phalarope pool’.
Observers: Guy Groves, Peter Malpass, Dad Malpass and Uncle Malpass.
We took a day off work and made a 20 klm walk down to the marshes and along the track to drop in on the second day for the female Red-necked Phalarope that is present on and off at No.6 tank. A flock of several Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Common Redshank, 2 Common Ringed Plover, 2 drake Common Pochard, c100 Tufted Duck and c50 Eurasian Teal. Hundreds of Common Swift were low over the paths and water with a pretty miserable day weatherwise.
Observers: JS & WSM (image 1 & video).
I called at No.6 after work this evening to be told the phalarope had just left the tank amongst a flock of Northern Lapwing. I didn’t have to wait long before it reappeared at the edge of the pool and I was able to view it through another birders scope. A short while later a Peregrine powered through the wader flock snatching an unlucky bird and taking it to a pylon to pluck and eat in the pouring rain.
Obsever: Paul Ralston (images 2-3).
Kingfisher sat on a sunken tree on the Weaver Bend by Roger Wikinson.