I was bathing in the ornithological treat of hundreds of Common Swifts hawking low over the River Weaver and bill snapping flying insects above the path in front of me. There was over 150 Sand Martin also over the river, but suddenly they all scattered with lots of excited chattering and the result of this commotion? I turned in time to see a 1st summer Hobby race through with the hirundine flock over the Weaver Bend its main target.
The Shelduck numbers are beginning to increase with c 200 birds on the Weaver Bend. Nearby a pair of adult Great Black-backed Gull were keeping an eye on a gaggle of Shelducklings.
Also present here was 12 Great Crested Grebe, a few Black-tailed Godwit and Oystercatcher. A roost of c600 Black-headed Gull held an Avocet.
Walking back along Brook Furlong Lane and Frank phoned to say he’d got a 1st summer Mediterranean Gull with the Black-headed Gull roost on No.6 tank. By the time I had walked up from Redwall he had located an adult bird. Four Avocet were also present and nearby 600 splendid Black-tailed Godwit were feeding, preening, bathing and roosting close to the banks in glorious evening sunshine.
The day ended with the ever-present Peregrine perched high above the River Mersey on the blue-topped chimney.
Observers: Frank Duff, WSM (and images)