The Weaver estuary was brimming with birdlife starting with two pairs of Great Crested Grebe joining over a hundred Tufted Duck along the estuary and down round the Weaver Bend. The occasional Gadwall, a pair of Shoveler and 50 Common Shelduck padded out the marshy area. Nearby 6 Avocet were noted but apart from some Oystercatcher there wasn’t much more on the shorebird front. Several Swift and Swallow were moving west.
We walked around the old I.C.I tank where a couple of Greenland Wheatear were busy fuelling up for the big North Atlantic push. A Whinchat was very energetic along a fence line by Redwall reed bed and couldn’t sit still long enough to be papped.
A vocal Grasshopper Warbler was on No.5 tank and another was by the ramp and were heard by two eminent birders (SB,TM).
A Common Hare was dozing in the evening sunlight and the first Marsh Orchid of the year was added to the note-book.
Observers: Steve Barber, Tim Melling, Sparky, WSM (and images).