Normal service is resumed after the soap opera of the weekend and Paul made his routine walk taking in a walk along Brook Furlong Land this morning and then along the River Weaver.
A family party of Magpie were nest hunting along the hedgerows and the young of several species were noted. A Cuckoo was sat on the gate next to the stile and left to sit in a nearby tree where it was joined by another Cuckoo which took exception to a passing Carrion Crow and chased it over the field.
On the Weaver estuary the Black Swan sat amongst the Mute Swans and a couple of hundred Black-tailed Godwit with Oystercatcher and Ringed Plover all rose when a Common Buzzard flew over. Swallow, House and Sand Martins sat on the same perch with many Swift hawking overhead. Raven and Great-black Gull fed side by side on a bloated cow carcase while several Jackdaw sat waiting their turn.
Observer: Paul Ralston.
Image by Paul Scoullar.