14.06.15. WeBS Count

14.06.15. WeBS Count

14.06.15. feamle Marsh Harrier, No.4 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Heather Wilde

It was a cold and murky morning for the WeBS, but the birds didn’t disappoint.
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We headed to No.6 tank and the mitigation area on No.3 tank via Lordship Lane where hundreds of Swifts were feeding mixed in with good numbers of House Martin and a handful of Swallow.  There was a fine jet of water spraying out of the grass and covering the road on the approach to the fork in the road just before No.6 which was a bit odd. We couldn’t quite work out where it was coming from, but it was coming out with quite some force (car windows up job).
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14.06.15. singing Skylark, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Heather Wilde
All along Lordship Lane we could hear Blackcap, Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler and Reed Bunting.  Small flocks of Goldfinch and Linnet were flitting from tree to tree and Magpies were looking on rather snooterly.
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14.06.15. Black-tailed Godwits and Ruff, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Heather Wilde (1)
A female Marsh Harrier was perched in a tree in the far distance across No.4 tank, but it gave a great opportunity to zoom in with the scope and study her properly.  There was also a flyby on No.4 tank from a male and female Cuckoo (is this quite late or not). A Dunnock in the gloom took a bit of ID-ing and I’d be too embarrassed to mention some of the IDs we came up with before a glimmer of sunlight revealed him! A Kestrel was seen heading back towards Frodsham Hill carrying prey, and then shortly after heading back out to the score to hunt again. We saw this repeated several times throughout the morning.
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14.06.15.  Chiffchaff, Frodsham Marsh
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The Splashing Pool held Tufties, Coot families and a Little Grebe, and 2 Jays flew across the pool and landed in one of the shrubs.
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No.3 tank was very quiet with just a few Shelduck, Canada Geese and Coot, but it also held 5 Dunlin, 8 Black-tailed Godwit and a very busy Meadow Pipit.
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No.6 tank held the treasures of the day. There were a flock of over 100 Black-tailed Godwit happily feeding until the male Marsh Harrier did the slowest, closest flyby we’ve ever seen. I think we could have reached out and touched him – way too close for the big lens anyway. Well, all hell broke loose as everything took to the sky. The Godwits scattered and it was then that we could see a stranger flying with them. They resettled in 2 groups, with one bird dropping back down in between them; a stunning Ruff in full summer plumage.
14.06.15.  female Gadwall and ducklings, Frodsham Marsh
Highlight of the day. He was splendid. The photos are just record shots as he was way out across the tank in the gloom, but absolutely stunning through the scope. I’m afraid everyone walking past was made to look at him.  4 Avocet were feeding on the far side of No.6 tank and wildfowl included 2 Pochard, 4 Teal and 3 Wigeon. 3 Ringed Plover were feeding in the middle of No.6 and a Little Grebe was on the main body of water.
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Not a bad morning at all.
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Elsewhere across the marsh: 1 female Marsh Harrier
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 Observers: Heather (images 1-3), Nigel & Findlay Wilde.
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14.06.15.  Bar-tailed Godwit, No.3 tank, Frodsham Marsh
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Also note on the mitigation of No.3 tank was a Bar-tailed Godwit with 20 Black-tailed Godwit and the black ruffed Ruff.
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14.06.15.  male Ruff, No.3 tank, Frodsham Marsh
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The 2 Black Swan were on the Weaver estuary with 38 Mute Swan, 8 Great Crested Grebe and a drake Pochard with the Tufted Duck. One Avocet and a Little Ringed Plover were on the Weaver Bend. In the area were also a singing Willow Warbler, 3 Greenfinch and a Mistle Thrush.
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Observer: Alyn Chambers (images 4-7).

19.04.15. Birdlog

19.04.15. Birdlog (WeBS Count)
19.04.15. Golden Plovers, Curlew et al, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Heather Wilde
It was total gridlock on the marsh this morning. A group from RSPB Southport were doing the circuit (and had spotted 3 Wheatear which we never saw), as well as numerous ramblers, dog walkers and birders.  The banks were alive with birdsong; Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Sedge Warbler and a Reed Warbler all competing with each other and a Skylark climbing high trilling above them all.
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23.04.15. male Marsh Harrier, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Heather WildeThe mitigation tank held 2 stunning male Shoveler, Coots, Mallards, Teal, Shelduck, Oystercatchers and a Whimbrel (which later flew on to No.6 Tank).
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The male Marsh Harrier was quartering No.6 tank and then flew off towards the Weaver Bend straight over our heads! 6 Buzzard were riding the thermals high over the chimneys on the Helsby side, as small flocks of birds started to fly in escaping the high tide.
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19.04.15. Golden Plovers, No.6 tank, frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome
No.6 tank held the main even though today with 74 Black-tailed Godwit, 16 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 8 Golden Plover, 9 Dunlin, 67 Teal, 35 Tufted Duck, 5 Redshank, 2 Greylag Geese, 1 Snipe and a nesting Grey Heron pair. Also present were Mute Swans, Shelduck, Cormorants, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Canada Geese and Mallards.
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A flock of about 50 Curlew circled the tank but didn’t settle. There was also a Yellow Wagtail feeding on the mud at the waters edge on the tank.  About 50 Swallows, 2 House Martins and 2 Sand Martins were feeding over the water.
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Observers: Findlay and Heather Wilde (images 1-2).
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19.04.15. Oystercatcher pair, Pumping Station, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome
Some additional and some overlapping sightings involved:
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A very cold day but a few bits and pieces. Heather got some nice pictures including the male Marsh Harrier over No.6 tank. I saw the f/imm bird over No.4 onto 6.
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Frodsham Score had 30+ Raven and 4 Buzzard. The Whimbrel on No.6 tank flew over me towards there whilst I was on No.3 tank. 23 Oystercatcher on the Score plus a pair at the Pumping Station.
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11 Sand Martin and 2 Swallow on a fence opposite the Pumping Station. 10+ Swallow south over No.6 tank.
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1 Common Snipe at the Canal Pools. Also a male Wigeon on the Score.
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Out of the 74 (Heather’s count) Black-tailed Godwit on No.6 tank, two were colour-ringed. I couldn’t make out one of them, but the other was pale green over black above knee left leg, blue over red above knee right leg.
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Observer: Tony Broome (images 3-4)

24.01.15. Birdlog (WeBS Count)

24.01.15. Birdlog 

24.01.15. Marsh Harrier, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Heather/Findlay Wilde.

Setting the scene on the incoming tide was a pair of Great White Egret tiptoeing their way along the tide line with Little Egret in a supporting role. A female Merlin was again poised and set for the enviable passerine glut.

3000 Golden Plover, 8000 Lapwing, 200 Grey Plover, 100 Knot, 10000 Dunlin, 50 Oystercatcher and typically for this time of year 3 scarce Bar-tailed Godwit for the marsh.

Observer: Frank Duff.

(WeBS Count)

24.01.15. GBB Gull and Raven feeding off sheep carcass, Frodsham Marsh. Heather/Findlay Wilde.

24.01.15. Male and female Shoveler, Frodsham Marsh. Heather/Findlay Wilde.

A really refreshing afternoon at the marsh. We parked up at the same time as Frank who was heading off to the score for high tide. No.6 tank stayed surprisingly quiet considering it was a big high tide. Maybe the large amount of shooters were putting the birds off. Anyway, the numbers for the count were: 100 Dunlin, 1 Curlew, 300 Grey Plover, 300 Golden Plover, 10 Redshank, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 100 Lapwing, 6 Common Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 8 Black-headed Gull, 7 Herring Gull, 7 Shoveler, 3 Cormorant, 3 Tufted Duck, 30 Common Teal, 40 Mallard, 4 Wigeon, 2 Common Shelduck, 3 Grey Heron and a solitary Moorhen .

24.01.15. Male Stonechat, Frodsham Marsh. Heather/Findlay Wilde.

Other birds spotted throughout the day included a Marsh Harrier hunting for most of the afternoon across the No.6 tank reeds. A very pale phase Common Buzzard spent over an hour sitting in the grass on No.5 tank, a Sparrowhawk did a flyby and a Kestrel was hunting over the new wetland area on No.3 tank. A large flock of Linnet flew by and settled in a tree alongside us for a while. A flock of at least 50 Pied Wagtail were feeding on the mud at the edge of the water on No.6 tank. Redwing and Fieldfare were plentiful and the Starlings were starting to group as were packed up for the day.

24.01.15. Female Stonechat, Frodsham Marsh. Heather/Findlay Wilde.
A pair of Great Black-backed Gulls were feasting on the sheep carcass along with several Ravens. On the way out we stopped to watch a pair of Stonechat sitting up high in the reeds at the edge of No.5 tank.

Thanks to: Nigel, Heather (and images), Findlay and Harley Wilde aka the Wilde Bunch for covering the WeBS count for me.

24.08.14. Birdlog

24.08.14. Birdlog

24.08.14. Sand Martin, Marsh Farm, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome.

A ‘trektellen’ count between 07.19 – 09.20hrs at Marsh Farm was without any obvious movement. Lots of hirundines and Swifts fed over the fields. 700 Swallows, 100 House Martin, 400 Sand Martins and 100 Swifts.

24.08.14. Sand Martin, Marsh Farm, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome.Yellow Wagtails totalled ten birds, there was a single Grey Wagtail, 4 Pied Wagtails and a pristine juvenile White Wagtail that sat on the fence next to me but flew before any photos could be taken. Meadow Pipits were more obvious than of late with 10 birds feeding around and about, a feeding flock of 600 Starlings flew west and a female House Sparrow sat on top of the hay stack.

24.08.14. Robin, Marsh Farm, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome.
A count on the high track between No.6 and No.4 tanks between 10.00-15.00 hrs produced a south-westerly movement of Common Buzzard which totalled 16 plus one flock of 8 which I took to be local birds. A lone Greenshank overflew calling several times, there were six Kestrels around at any one time and a big juvenile Peregrine skimmed my position and looked at me as it went past!

24.08.14. No.4 & 6 tanks, , Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome.

Passerines included two juvenile Whitethroats and a juvenile Reed Warbler, which, along with 7 Chiffchaffs, a Wren, a Chaffinch, a Blackcap and a Great Tit, all fed in one Elderberry bush.

Observer and images: Tony Broome.

The high water brought in 3 Little Stint to No.6 tank (Frank Duff).

23.08.14. Birdlog

23.08.14. Birdlog

23.08.14. Ship from Marsh Farm. Tony Broome

There’s always something to see at Frodsham Marsh and if the birding is a little slack then there’s the big ships that sail through the marsh via the Manchester Ship Canal which will hold your interest before the birding picks up.

23.08.14. Marsh Farm. Tony Broome

The large haystack at Marsh Farm is a great wind barrier and often attracts migrating birds to shelter from the rain and wind. It was early doors and a ‘trektellen’ count from and over the farm started at 09.50-10.30 hrs: A flock ahead of heavy rain featured 800 Swallows, 300 Sand Martins, 50 House Martin, 50 Swift, a solitary Yellow Wagtail and 23 Lapwing heading south-west.

23.08.14. Spotted Redshank and Greenshanks, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome

23.08.14. Spotted Redshank , No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome

No.6 tank from 10.40-14.00 hrs: A male Marsh Harrier was perched on the grassy field of No.5 and then a little later over No.6.tank. Also noted were 30 Black-headed Gull, 12 Common Gull (with 56 there at 16.50hrs). An adult moulting Mediterranean Gull flew off high to the south at 11.24 hrs. Note: Green ring on left leg below knee, metal ring on right leg above knee. It is possible this bird is from Hamburg, Germany where this colour combination occurs but obviously without the letter or number code it would be difficult for curtain?  

23.08.14. Juvenile Little Stint, No.6 tank, frodsham Marsh.  Tony Broome

Also present were 24 Redshank, 300 Dunlin, 150 Ringed Plover, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Stint,  2 Greenshank, 1 Turnstone, a juvenile Spotted Redshank, 12 Lapwing, a Common Buzzard and a juvenile Peregrine. Finally here a count of 40 Pied Wagtail.

23.08.14. No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh.  Tony Broome

Nearby No.4 tank had 4 Common Buzzard, 2 juvenile Willow Warbler in fresh green and primrose yellow plumage, 13 Chiffchaffs, 20 Long-tailed Tit and 6 Ravens.

23.08.14. Marsh Farm track in the rain, Frodsham Marsh.  Tony Broome

The Splashing Pool still had a pair of Little Grebe plus with a small chick. The secluded pool on No. 6 also had a Little Grebe pair with a bigger sized chick.

Observers: Tony Broome (and images), Frank Duff.

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Sacré bleu!

It took a while for this little critter to emerge from the wood (so to speak) hence the post title,  Sacré bleu being a French curse!

14.08.14. Colour-ringed Black-tailed Godwit, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

Extracts of an email from Jenny Gill who co-ordinates sightings of colour-ringed Black-tailed Godwits. This one is from No.6 tank on 14.08.14.

We’ve had quite a bit of discussion about this sighting and we are now pretty sure that the flag on this one must be Orange (thanks to Pete for finding a photo to confirm that ON-YRf has smaller rings and the Rf is indeed on the right leg, as it should be). The flag is therefore likely to be a stained orange, which is a bird ringed in France.

Thanks to everyone for detective work on this one!

Previous locations of this bird are as from details listed below and include: date & time of observation, country and location, observer, latitude/longitude, habitat and where available flock size.

26/01/2009 NA FR PORT-DES-BARQUES monportail nord Pichard, A 45,930 -1,070 NA NA NA

10/04/2009 NA NL OUDERKERK-SUR-L’AMSTEL landje van Geijsel Van Grieken, G 52,280 4,920 NA NA NA

10/01/2010 NA FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Leuchtmann, M & Blanc, JF 45,950 -1,070 NA NA NA

17/01/2010 NA FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Leutchmann, M & Blanc, J-F 45,950 -1,070 NA NA NA

13/02/2010 NA FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente NA 45,950 -1,070 NA NA NA

19/07/2010 8:00 FR MOEZE le mornay Jomat, L 45,880 -1,080 NA NA 100

22/07/2010 NA FR MOEZE reserve naturelle Lelong, V & Loriol, A 45,880 -1,080 lagune NA 370

28/07/2010 NA FR MOEZE reserve naturelle Jomat, L 45,880 -1,080 lagune reposoir 120

05/09/2010 16:00 FR MOEZE reserve naturelle Lelong, V & Cuvier, Z 45,880 -1,080 lagune reposoir 2100

06/09/2010 16:00 FR MOEZE reserve naturelle Aubry, P & Parisien, A 45,880 -1,080 lagune reposoir 2000

12/09/2010 NA FR MOEZE reserve naturelle Lelong, V 45,880 -1,080 lagune reposoir 600

16/12/2010 15:00 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Rousseau, P 45,950 -1,070 vasière reposoir 3000

17/12/2010 13:00 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Lelong, V 45,950 -1,070 vasière NA 3000

11/08/2011 19:00 FR MOEZE reserve naturelle lelong, V 45,880 -1,080 lagune reposoir 3000

07/09/2011 13:00 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Lelong, V 45,950 -1,070 vasière alimentation 1130

08/09/2011 13:00 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Lelong, V 45,950 -1,070 vasière alimentation 400

15/09/2011 8:00 FR YVES reserve naturelle Lelong, V 46,040 -1,060 lagune reposoir 2500

07/10/2011 12:00 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Lelong, V 45,950 -1,070 vasière alimentation 2800

08/10/2011 12:00 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Lelong, V 45,950 -1,070 vasière alimentation 3000

09/10/2011 13:00 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Lelong, V 45,950 -1,070 vasière alimentation NA

13/10/2011 17:00 FR YVES reserve naturelle Babin, G 46,040 -1,060 lagune reposoir 4600

20/10/2011 13:00 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Rousseau, P & Lelong, V 45,950 -1,070 vasière reposoir 2500

21/10/2011 13:00 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Lelong, V 45,950 -1,070 vasière alimentation 4200

22/10/2011 13:00 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Lelong, V 45,950 -1,070 vasière reposoir 1700

23/10/2011 13:00 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Rousseau, P 45,950 -1,070 vasière reposoir 4700

25/10/2011 14:00 FR YVES reserve naturelle Babin, G 46,040 -1,060 lagune reposoir 3200

02/12/2011 13:00 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Rousseau, P 45,950 -1,070 vasière alimentation 3000

11/12/2011 15:00 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Rousseau, P 45,950 -1,070 vasière reposoir 800

21/12/2011 15:30 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Lelong, V 45,950 -1,070 vasière alimentation NA

29/12/2011 12:00 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES ile madame Rousseau, P 45,960 -1,110 vasière alimentation NA

06/01/2012 16:30 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Lelong, V 45,950 -1,070 vasière alimentation 3900

02/02/2012 14:00 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Lelong, V 45,950 -1,070 vasière alimentation 2000

05/02/2012 17:00 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Lelong, V 45,950 -1,070 vasière alimentation 2200

19/02/2012 13:30 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Jomat, L 45,950 -1,070 vasière reposoir 800

07/03/2012 9:00 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Lelong, V 45,950 -1,070 vasière alimentation 800

29/04/2012 12:00 IS ALFTAFJORDUR NA Alves, J 66,020 -22,97 vasière NA NA

22/08/2012 18:00 FR MOEZE reserve naturelle Jomat, L 45,880 -1,080 vasière reposoir 2000

29/08/2012 14:00 FR MOEZE reserve naturelle Jomat, L 45,880 -1,080 lagune reposoir 3500

02/10/2012 NA FR YVES reserve naturelle Laubin, A 46,040 -1,060 lagune reposoir NA

16/01/2013 16:00 FR MOEZE reserve naturelle Rousseau, P 45,880 -1,080 prairie alimentation 600

23/01/2013 13:30 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Lelong, V 45,950 -1,070 vasière alimentation 3500

07/02/2013 13:00 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Lelong, V 45,950 -1,070 vasière alimentation 3000

20/02/2013 NA FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Rousseau, P 45,950 -1,070 vasière reposoir 1000

30/10/2013 16:30 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Jomat, L 45,950 -1,070 vasière alimentation 1500

14/08/2014 18:00 GB FRODSHAM frodsham marsh farm, WS Morton, 53,296 -2,757 lagune reposoir NA (it was actually on no.6 tank but i guess that was lost in translation-Sacré bleu)

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16.08.14. Birdlog

16.08.14. Birdlog

16.08.14. Ruddy Shelduck in flight, No.6 tank, frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

Trektellen Count (07.18hrs-10.16hrs):
A watch from Marsh Farm this morning overlooking Frodsham Score resulted in 5000 Common Shelduck, 3 Ruddy Shelduck (2 males & female type), 2 male Common Scoter (flew west) and 460 Mallard feeding on mudflats.
16.08.14. No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome (12)

Shorebirds saw an increase in c2000 Dunlin and 1200 Black-tailed Godwit, 300 Curlew, 1 Little Egret down river and a juvenile Peregrine keeping an eye on things.

Passerines included: 100 Swallow, c300 Sand Martin, 4 Yellow Wagtail flying high east then 5 south, 21 Pied/White Wagtail south, 5 Swift west, 1 Grey Wagtail south, 500 Starling around farm and a juvenile Peregrine noted.
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Observer: Tony Broome.

16.08.14. No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome (7)

After a brief respite and onto No.4 tank overlooking Frodsham Score where again a juvenile Peregrine shot through. Following the falcon was a juvenile Marsh Harrier and then shortly after by a juvenile Hobby chasing a passerine over the old magazine site. Several Little Egret were seen and although difficult to get an accurate count we estimated that 4 birds were present.

42 Raven were out and about the marsh and banks bordering the Manchester Ship Canal. A dead cow out on the salt marsh should bring in quite a few others?

16.08.14. No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome (4)

16.08.14. Ruddy Shelduck, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

High tide was rushing onto the exposed mudflats so a hasty retreat to the comfort of No.6 tank for the tide. 500 Ringed Plover, 800 Dunlin came in dribs and drabs but when they settled they didn’t move around much and made for a thorough scrutiny through the ‘scopes’. Several Redshank, 4 Black-tailed Godwit and 3-4 Turnstone added to the count.

Two Ruddy Shelduck dropped onto the tank for the period of the tide before flying back out to the feeding grounds on the Mersey Estuary

A Little Egret flew over without settling and the watch ended with a Peregrine sat atop the usual spot above the Weaver Estuary.

A Garganey was present briefly on No.6 tank (Colin Davis) and a Crane observed over Hale at midday avoided our detection? Three hours later it or another was over Mold, N Wales.

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