The juvenile Black-necked Grebe was still showing well on No.6 tank but there was no sign of the Great White Egret. Also on No.6, around 150 Black-tailed Godwit were in the shallows by the water tower (most arrived from the Mersey estuary at around 8 am) but otherwise there were few waders, with just 3 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin and 6 Redshank along with the usual Lapwings. Ducks included 1 Wigeon, 11 Gadwall, 83 Tufted Duck and just 1 Pochard as well as a pair of Shelduck chaperoning 20 juveniles at various stages of development. There were also 2 Little Grebes plus 8 Whitethroats, 4 Blackcaps and a Chiffchaff were along the top track.
Early morning a female Marsh Harrier arrived from the west and continued flying over No.5 Tank before disappearing off towards the Weaver Bend.
An expedition down to the Weaver Bend paid off with the sighting of a pair of Avocet with 3 young chicks. 7 other adults were also here, plus a flock of 650 Black-tailed Godwit which were presumably those seen recently on No.6 Tank Other waders included a Green Sandpiper and 3 Common Sandpipers flushed from the river shoreline by the embankment. Another Shelduck crèche here was even bigger than the one on No.6, with an adult watching over 32 youngsters! Also on the river were 9 Little Grebe and 6 Great Crested Grebe.
A video by Greg of the Black–necked Grebe can be seen here: https://vimeo.com/133749769
Observer, video and images: Greg Baker