An after work sortie to the Weaver Bend and estuary to catch up with a little birding here. I was wondering why all the ducks had vacated No 6 tank for the WeBS count I did on Saturday and it was evident they had uplifted to the River Weaver. 150 Tufted Duck and 110 Common Shelduck were the main attraction with a supporting cast of 6 Gadwall and 10 Mallard including a leucistic female Mallard. Also present 3 Oystercatcher, a single Redshank and male Marsh Harrier.
Hirundines were plentiful with both Swallow and House Martins in good numbers. But the Common Swift outnumbered them all with a spiralling flock of 200 above the power station at Ineos Chlor. An additional 300 birds were feasting on the flying insects which were abundant over the river.
Redwall water meadow fields attracted a flock of 20 summer Linnet and a pair of Raven were over the I.C.I tank.
Image by Paul Crawley.