Out again this morning along the Manchester Ship Canal and around No.4 and No.6 tanks. The female Marsh Harrier was again pursued by Lapwings over 4 while a Fox took advantage of the absence of contractors being about and was searching for the Lapwing nests.
An arrival of summer migrants included Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Reed and Sedge Warbler and they didn’t waste anytime making themselves known throughout the mornings walk. A single Little Egret was out on the salt marsh keeping company with the many Common Shelduck, Mallard, Gadwall and smaller numbers of Common Teal.
There were 23 Golden Plover sat on the waters edge with a small number of Redshank.
Along Lordship Lane both Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler were evident by their song. A Little Egret flew over No.6 then was forced to avoid a mid-flight collision and rapidly changed course when a model aircraft flew to close. Many Common Buzzard, Raven and a pair of Kestrel seen during the walk with Sand Martin over the Holpool Gutter.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-2 & 4).
The area of No.1 tank featured 5 Wheatear and 3 Whimbrel this morning.
The first Swift of the summer flew east over the River Weaver with 50 Sand Martin. The area around the Weaver Bend also had 4 Avocet, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Common Sandpiper.
During the tide on the River Mersey birds were displaced on to No.6 tank and included: 23 Golden Plover, 10 Ringed Plover, 6 Dunlin and a Little Ringed Plover.
Warblers seen/heard included: 28 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 10 Whitethroat, 4 Sedge Warbler and 1 Reed Warbler.
Observer: Alyn Chambers
After work I made my way along the top newly widened track above No.6 tank and stopped to observe the ducks there. 3 Little Grebe, 17 Tufted Duck, 64 Common Shelduck, 67 Common Teal and a few Mallard.
The Golden Plover flock from earlier in the day was still present and were bathing and constantly calling to each other.
Three Little Grebes were calling and displaying in the corner of No.6 tank.
Onward and forward brought me to the mitigation area and 4 Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank, 4 Shoveler and 10 Common Teal. 3 Swallow and 4 Sand Martin were over the pools.
Observer: WSM (images 3 & 5-7)