You should never underestimate the tenacity of an Avocet chick. I had given up all hope after not seeing the chick for nearly a week. All of that changed today when one of the Avocet parents was contact calling. Shortly after a chick appeared and settled under her body for a snooze. All hell was let loose when a Grey Heron flew over and even the Black-headed Gulls joined in mobbing the offender.
The River Weaver held 54 Tufted Duck, 4 Gadwall, 6 Oystercatcher and 400 Common Swift.
A Wheatear at Marsh Farm must have missed the last train north before the thunder storms of mid-week. It looked bedraggled as it feed in the damp fields by the farm.
Out on the Mersey estuary where a big but scattered assembly of Common Shelduck with 14 Oystercatcher. While 6 Great Crested Grebe and 4 Grey Heron were at the Weaver Sluice Gates. A Whimbrel was calling over the marsh to add to the days bird collection.
A Peregrine was over No.6 tank with 250 Black-tailed Godwit settled there. Elsewhere a pair Ringed Plover and there chick stole the show. (see the video of the Ringed Plover parents and their cottonbud on legs chick). https://vimeo.com/96313905
A Whinchat was along the fence line by Lordship Lane (check video)
3 Fox cubs were active in the daylight and always entertain with the cubbish behaviour (see video here). https://vimeo.com/96310992
Observers: Paul Crawley (images & videos), Frank Duff, WSM (images).