A walk around the Weaver Bend this afternoon in the sunshine produced the following: Whitethroat singing on the telephone lines near the M56 bridge and a Moorhen nest building in the nearby ditch with 2 youngsters from the first clutch looking on. 2 juvenile Buzzard sitting on top of a pylon and a pair of Raven with one bird minus its tail feathers overhead.
Along the path to the river Chiffchaff Reed Warbler and Blackcap were in full song and Reed Bunting feeding young in the reed bed. The male Marsh Harrier flew high over the river and a female Kestrel hunted the fields below. On the River Weaver the 2 Black Swan were amongst the Mute Swan herd and several Shelduck had newly hatched broods and were aggressive in their defence.
Four Avocet were on the opposite bank with a single Black-tailed Godwit and 4 Oystercatcher. Small Skipper, Common Blue and Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies were all seen along the river path.
A pair of fighter jets with landing gear down were heading in to the nearby Liverpool airport. (probably scrambled to see off some of Putin’s reconnaissance planes;O)
Observer and images: Paul Ralston