My short walk around No.4 tank this morning was before the forecasted change in the weather. A single Peregrine was perched on a tower at Growhow factory and there were two juvenile Marsh Harrier perched in a bush in the middle of the tank. A single Moorhen was small reward in the Holpool Gutter, so expectations were heighten for the birds on or by the Manchester Ship Canal and turned out marginally better with Coot,Tufted Duck and two Great Crested Grebe. A lone Little Egret out on Frodsham Score with a dozen Raven feeding on a sheep carcass.
A family party of Common Whitethroat in the undergrowth on the bank of No.4 with several Sedge Warbler and at least one Reed present. There were two ringers setting up their mist nets on four (interesting to know what they were catching?). Along Lordship Lane were two additional Sedge Warbler and again the Great Spotted Woodpecker was in the same stand of dead trees as the previous visit.
A juvenile Cuckoo flew from Rake Lane and over the bank of No.4 where 3 Marsh Harrier rose up to join a fourth bird in what looked to be a food pass.
Observer: Paul Ralston.
Another Peregrine was perched high above the Weaver Sluices on the Blue-topped chimney (WSM).
Images top and bottom: WSM, David Wilson