An evening walk along the Weaver Causeway to see what was messing about on the river. The water was flat calm and again enabled some good views right up to the Weaver Sluice Gates. 9 Goldeneye included 4 males in head tossing display. 143 Tufted Duck ranged from the sluices all away across to the Weaver Bend. Many Gadwall were here with the occasional Common Teal, 10 Little and 3 Great Crested Grebe.
We continued the walk back pausing only to have a gander at the white goose that has spent the last three winters on the score and which tonight enjoyed the company of two Canada’s on the River Weaver. Continuing the walk past the birdless Redwall reed bed, along Alder Lane to Marsh Farm. The fields of No’s 1 & 2 were pierced by the bleating cries of lambs and punctuated by the occasional call of a Meadow Pipit moving through.
Song Thrush singing video: https://vimeo.com/123500790
Looking out from the farm to the Mersey estuary was in brilliant light and without the usual disadvantage of heat haze we could watch right across to Pickerings Pasture. 340 Redshank were moving about in loose flocks. Both Curlew and Black-tailed Godwit were in similar numbers with small groups or pairs of Oystercatcher. Hundreds of Lesser Black-backed and Herring Gulls were on the Gantry Wall bordering the river and the Manchester Ship Canal.
Plenty of Chiffchaffs tonight along the lanes.
Observers: Sparky, WSM (and images).