With all the attention focused across the river and the unprecedented arrival last week of a Corncrake. I made the decision to find some solitude with the welcoming embrace of Redwall reed bed and its fence post hopping Cuckoo pair waiting my arrival.
I had a shouting conversion with Arthur who was at the old birdlog a hundred metres away and he directed me onto the female Cuckoo from his advantage point. I spent some time watching these birds and a small herd of inquisitive cows approached the fence were I was standing. I thought that if I walked slowly towards the male Cuckoo (who was preening) then the cows would follow and act as a shield and conceal me from the bird.
This ploy came to plan and I managed to approach to within 10 metres…and then typically, my camera batteries died!
The River Weaver was awash with Common Swifts and I countered at least a 1,000 birds stretching from the Weaver Bend out to the Weaver Sluice gates. 20 Mute Swan and the Black (pearl) Swan were by the marshy area with 500 Black-tailed Godwit.
A quick glance along the fence which hosted the Springs star bird didn’t produce much but the small flood pool on No.2 tank held 4 Dunlin and 24 Black-tailed Godwit.
The blue-topped chimney over at Ineos Chlor, Weston Point supported two Peregrine.
Observers: Arthur Harrison, WSM (and images).