I recieved a text off Ian Igglesden from across the #darkside of the boundary river telling me an Osprey was flying across and was over the turbines on No.4 tank, alas I was elsewhere and not on the marsh at that time.
A walk out in the rain to my favourite position on the banks of No.6 tank for the shorebirds (that may or may not turn up) forced during the high tide on the River Mersey to seek shelter. A flock of c1500 Black-tailed Godwit were battened down with rain lashing their faces.
There were only four juvenile birds within the flock and 5 Ruff flitting about. A Western Marsh Harrier flew over my position and when it saw me at the last minute it did a handbrake turn and fled the way it had flew.
After a hours watch it became evident that nothing was flying in so we made our way back in the rain but not before I popped over the bank to check the south-eastern corner of the tank and there below me was a Little Gull picking emerging midges from the water surface.
A female Scorpion Fly (Panorpa communis), Moorditch Lane
Observers: JS & WSM (images).
Western Osprey crossing the River Mersey to Frodsham Marsh. Video by Ian Igglesden from Sean O’Hara’s twitter account.