walk around the perimiter of No.6 tank resulted in a coffee break at the ‘phalarope pool’ where a small group of 12 Black-tailed Godwit which 50% were juvenile birds. The Gadwall ducklings from earlier in the summer are now almost indistinguishable from their parent mother. Further ducks included both Eurasian Teal and Mallard.
After setting up at a good sheltered position on the banks of No.6 tank from the whipping wind lashing the marsh from the south-west.
A huge flock of 2234 Black-tailed Godwit busy keeping together but hampered by a over-flying juvenile Western Marsh Harrier on several occasions. A overspill flock from the Mersey Estuary of c70 Common Ringed Plover, 2 Common Snipe, 12 Dunlin, a summer Red Knot, 7 Ruff and small numbers of Common Redshank. Ducks featured 41 Tufted Duck, 311 Eurasian Teal, 1 Eurasian Wigeon, 40 Northern Shoveler and several Gadwall.
A look across the Mersey Estuary had several Little Egret, 100’s of Common Shelduck but very little eslse but the tide was ebbing quickly.
There were still hundreds of Spindle Ermine moths about.
Observers: JS & WSM (images).