An evening stroll along the banks of the river adjacent to Redwall reedbed with the evocative calls of a Whooper Swan nearby was a little surreal. It’s obvious that this bird should be in the lava land of Iceland now so why is it on the marsh in the middle of summer… who knows?
The popular Red-necked Grebe was all mine for a couple of hours and giving excellent views fishing and playing with a fish.
Other birds of note on the Weaver Bend and Estuary included 76 Tufted Duck, 7 Gadwall, 9 Great Crested Grebe and Common Shelduck.
A Water Vole swimming across the mighty River Weaver was probably a swim to far and it duly turned tail and swam back to safer ground.
A Tufted Duck watches a Water Vole turn-tailing and heading back to safety.
The Avocet pairs appear to have one chick each but one adult looked to be brooding a chick?
The male Marsh Harrier keeps all the birds guessing which way he’ll fly through and on this occasion it chose the Weaver estuary.
The pair of Red-legged Partridge were again in the ‘Hovercraft field’ off Half Furlong Lane.
Meanwhile on No.6 tank was a single Dunlin, 6 Ringed and one Little Ringed Plover. Also noted was a Yellow Wagtail along Lordship Lane. The Lesser Scaup joined a small flock of Tufted Duck and was still present at dusk.
Observers: Paul Crawley, Frank Duff, WSM (and images).