After work I made my way to the marsh and walked out to No.6 tank and settled down to view…not a lot of ducks! A couple of ducks in the centre drew my attention and they turned out to be a pair of Common Scoter!
I knew Sean O’Hara was nearby so I sent out a text to him and Paul Ralston. It wasn’t long before they both had the opportunity to see them before the ducks expected departure. I left them both (the scoter that is) asleep on the water and tried my luck elsewhere.
The tide was incoming so a look from a more elevated position gave me the chance to get a look over the Weaver Sluices and Frodsham Score. A big flock of c1000 Black-tailed Godwit were forced to relocate from the muddy feeding ground for much drier mudflats. A smallish flock of 39 Pied Avocet were bunched together and several hundred Canada Goose were gathering on the salt marshes.
Observer: WSM (images 1-7 & video 1).
A Western Marsh Harrier was over No.3 tank then perched up on No.6 single. A single Black-tailed Godwit was on the ‘phalarope pool’ alongside the usual ducks and c200 Northern Lapwing on the exposed mud near to the slurry pipe.
Observer: Paul Ralston (image 8).
Sean O’Hara got good views of the Green Sandpiper which frequents the ‘phalarope pool’ on No.3 tank and a Western Yellow Wagtail family (videos 2-4).