The Weaver Bend beckoned this evening so a walk along the causeway from Redwall to the Shooters’ Pools. There was little obvious migrant movement with just 90 Black-tailed Godwit, 30 Redshank and a solitary Common Snipe present on the ‘Bend’.
Waterbirds were much as usual with the stripey Great Crested Grebe juvenile still pestering its parent for food. An additional 15 other Great Crested’s were spending time on the Weaver Estuary. Also present here but sitting out on the small area of marsh bordering the river were 94 Tufted Duck and the ubiquitous Canada Goose.
5 Common Swift and a scattering of hirundines were active over the hay fields. A Sparrowhawk flying over the M56 got an earful from a small group of Swallows.
A change of scenery and a detour to No.6 tank and I met up with Arthur. A male Marsh Harrier drifted lazily across the tank dislodging the roosting gulls from their slumber. Both Ringed and Little Ringed Plover were quite vocal to other birds wandering close by, presumably they were territorial instincts left over from the summer. A variety of eclipse ducks were low in numbers and juvenile Grey Herons were loafing about.
Observers: Arthur Harrison, WSM (and image).
Willow Warbler singing on Runcorn Hill this morning.