Starting at Town Lane I quickly picked up the Egyptian Goose in its usual corner, at least it was awake and feeding today. The pools were fairly quiet, with many of the ducks roosting in the longer vegetation making counting them difficult. There were a minimum of 12 Eurasian Teal, 7 Gadwall, 15 Mallard and a Shoveler. A single Black tailed Godwit was the only wader of note, among the Lapwing roost. A Hobby was feeding over the top of Great Boar Wood, whilst a Sparrowhawk drifted over. A male Marsh Harrier drifted over my head as I was about to walk down to Hale Marsh, presumably returning to Frodsham.
Hale Marsh was again very quiet, with only the ever present Meadow Pipit and Skylark for company. The wet fields along Town Lane look as though should be producing a few more waders at the moment, but the pair of Tufted Duck were the only real highlights. With a little time to play with before high tide I decided to have a quick scoot round to Carr Lane.
The flooded field appears to have filled up nicely, or what I could actually see. Despite a number of different attempts to look into the flooded areas, I couldn't actually find anywhere to get a clear view. The reeds were however still alive with Reed and Sedge Warbler, whilst Reed Bunting appeared to be everywhere. A Great Spotted Woodpecker was calling from the edge of Great Boar Wood, whilst Blackcap and Whitethroat were calling along the back edge.
The track down to Pickerings Pasture was again alive with various fledglings including Bullfinch, Blackcap and Long Tailed Tits among the regular Blue and Great Tits. I met up with Iggy at the Pickerings scrape, both of us hopeful that the high tide might push a Tern or Gull in. A female Marsh Harrier was hunting the back of the marsh towards Within Way. There was only a small gathering of Black Headed Gull, which failed to increase over the high tide. However there were a few entertaining bits including a male Kingfisher, a Little Egret and c.79 Lapwing.
The weather was starting to take a down turn by the time I got back to Town Lane. The Eurasian Teal numbers had increased to 37, but again there was still no sign of the Green Winged. Presumably it is either very good at hiding or is lurking over at Frodsham somewhere. A juvenile Little Ringed Plover was fresh in, but nothing else had been displaced by the high tide. Slow going at the moment, hopefully it's only a matter of time before it all kicks off again.