An evening visit to the Weaver Bend and the ‘Shooters pools’ saw 100 Tufted Duck lingering on the river with an assortment of the commoner species one would expect to find in May. Three pairs of Great Crested Grebe were not so typical and could be non-breeding birds? 3 Avocet were settled here and a solitary Ringed Plover was notable. The fine male Marsh Harrier went through causing little fuss from the local Lapwing.
Marsh Farm beckoned and the pipes that have been attractive to the Wheatears of late didn’t disappoint with 10 birds hopscotching along them with an attendant group of 12 Linnet.
The highlight was without doubt the two adult Hobby (pictured) upsetting the nesting Swallows at the farm, the raptors were more interested in courtship bonding. A further 8 Wheatear were also at the farm and looked ready and waiting for favourable weather conditions to aid their onward flight.
Out on the Mersey estaury off Frodsham Score were 2 Avocet feeding with the scattered Common Shelduck flocks there.
Along the paths were good numbers of Drinker Moth Caterpillars including the one pictured.
Observer and images: WSM