The Weaver Estuary is looking good at the moment with a fine selection of species on offer. The juvenile Little Gull was flying to and fro along the stretch of river until a juvenile Peregrine put the frighteners on all the Lapwing and it disappeared without trace. After a period of reflection it reappeared from the direction of the Weaver Bend and then continued its familiar fly catcher activity.
. The berth below Marsh Farm had a Common Sandpiper while a Grey Wagtail and a couple of alba wagtails were about the berth. Looming above all of this was the female Peregrine perched on struts below the top lip of the blue-topped chimney and illuminated by the evening sunlight.
Two Common Sandpiper were working their way along the muddy banks of the river while 40 Redshank, 10 Black-tailed Godwit and 120 Lapwing were hogging the shoreline. Also present were 3 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Little Grebe and 112 Tufted Duck. On my way back along the track below the eastern banks of No.1 tank an explosion of birds from the Weaver Bend included 40 Redshank, 52 Black-tailed Godwit and 17 Golden Plover which flew out to the Mersey Estuary.
The pipes on No.1 tank were a treasure trove for Meadow Pipit with in excess of 100 birds. A small cluster of four Stonechat were busy fueling up en route to destinations unknown (the image above shows three of these birds).
I bumped into Arthur on the bank but a quick glance over No.6 tank revealed 200 Tufted Duck, 100 Common Teal and Pintail but not the Black-necked Grebe although a small party of 8 Little Grebe were in the area.
Observer and images: WSM