Out this morning along the Manchester Ship Canal and around No.4 and No.6 tanks. A male Marsh Harrier hunting the field alongside the Holpool Gutter and a pair of Yellow Wagtail in the same field. There were Blackcap, Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler on the edge of four and 30 Common Shelduck sat in the north-west corner with a single Gadwall.
The mitigation pool was quiet with just Mallard, Common Shelduck, Black-headed Gull and Lapwing. There was a male Blackbird with white in the wing. No.6 tank held more Mallard, Common Teal, Common Shelduck, Tufted Duck and Gadwall and a small flock of Dunlin flew overhead. Along Lordship Lane there were Reed and Sedge Warbler seen and heard. Many Lapwing and Oystercatcher were in the newly sown field as were several Skylark. Male and female Wheatear were on the path between No.4 and 6 and a pair of Kestrel overhead. Back along the ship canal a Jay was on the bank of No.4 and several Raven out on the score and a female Sparrowhawk hunting the reed bed.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-2).
Before the rain spoiled the day Ray made his way out to the Weaver Bend where he spotted a pair of Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ruff, 15 Swift, 2 male and 2 female Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 3 House Martin and loads of Swallow.
Further on were a couple of Avocet, Ringed Plover and an assortment of ducks. 11 Raven were again present and the male Marsh Harrier was notable. Also seen were 6 Blackcap and a female Redstart along Moorditch Lane.
Another Wheatear was at Marsh Farm and a Grasshopper Warbler was in the scattered bushes on No.5 tank. The cold south-easterly backed up by continuous rain was enough to send us (FD, WSM) home.
Observer: Ray Scally (images 3-5), also present Frank Duff, WSM.