A mid day walk around No.6 tank. Not a lot on the water c40 Tufted Duck, several Mallard and Common Shelduck and a family of Little Grebe. The water levels are high so not so attractive to the waders, a flock of c300 Black-tailed Godwit made their way from the estuary but didn’t settle and flew back with just a few dropping on to No.3 tank.
On the ‘phalarope pool’ were c60 Northern Lapwing, c15 Black-tailed Godwit, c30 Eurasian Teal similar numbers of Mallard and Gadwall with a single Common Shelduck noted.
Another c60 Northern Lapwing were on the exposed mud near the out flow pipe which was discharging silt from the dredger.
On to Lordship Lane and a family of Reed Warbler were contact calling and several Reed Bunting were present.
A pair of Stock Dove were at the entrance to one of the owl boxes and 5 Grey Heron were resting in their favourite place alongside the hedge on the model flying field.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-3).
Our daily walking ritual took us first to Blakemere at Delamere Forest and a stop to overlook the Black-headed Gull colony. It didn’t take long before the first of 3 Mediterranean Gull showed up. Shortly after two of the three were engaged in a display performance.
After we finished our walk at Delamere it was a short diversion to Frodsham Marsh and we continued along the track to one of the lookout posts looking down and over No.6 tank. A flock of 61 Tufted Duck were really the only birds of note here.
We bumped into Sean O’Hara who had taken a walk down to the River Weaver and spotted a Common and Green Sandpiper.
Observers: JS & WSM (images 4-7). Images 8-9 by Sean O’Hara.