A juvenile Great Crested Grebe on the Manchester Ship Canal below Marsh Farm was a slight diversion from our visual migration watch at Marsh Farm where we tallied up 550 hirundines over a period of 4 hours, the majority were Swallow. We had an impressive 340 Meadow Pipit, 100 Skylark and smaller figures of Buzzard and Sparrowhawk, both Pied Wagtail a single Grey Wagtail added to the count. A male Greenland Wheatear was dwarfing a male Northern alongside. Single figure Greenfinch and Linnet. Nearby a flock of 32 Raven were patrolling the banks of Frodsham Score and occasionally picking on a poor Kestrel that was hunting the canal side embankments.
On the Mersey Estuary a flock of 48 Cormorant repositioned their afternoon siesta roost, c1000 Common Shelduck, 400 Dunlin, 14 Black-tailed Godwit and 50 Curlew.
The River Weaver had 19 Little Grebe and 72 Tufted Duck (which may account for the lack of numbers on No 6 tank). Meanwhile, the Weaver Bend attracted 16 Mute Swan, 3 Pintail, 53 Redshank, 2 Ruff, 15 Black tailed Godwit and 75 Common Teal.
No 6 tank pulled in a Black-necked Grebe, 550 Common Teal, 3 Pintail, 10 Tufted Duck, female Ruddy Duck, 7 Ringed Plover, a single Redshank, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Ruff and 3 Black-tailed Godwit.
An adult Hobby was perched up on a pylon opposite the ramp onto No 6 tank.
Observers: Paul Crawley, Frank Duff, Sean O’Hara, WSM.