An afternoon walk down to the Weaver Bend and along to No.6 tank and the Manchester Ship Canal path as far as the Holpool Gutter produced: the Red-necked Grebe from yesterday was again present and visible on the far bank where 10 Little Grebe and 2 Great Crested Grebe were also on the water. 2 Kestrel and 3 Common Buzzard were hunting along the banks and a male Stonechat sat on top of a nearby bush. At the top of the ramp to No.6 a Merlin could be seen in hot pursuit of a small bird and flew within feet of the contractors working on the construction of the turbine sub station.
The waters on No.6 held good numbers of wildfowl with Common Teal, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Mallard, Shoveler and several Mute Swan with 3 Whooper Swan dropping in to join them. A Sparrowhawk flew over the tank to hunt the bushes on the far side and scattered a flock of Goldfinch. On to the canal path and at least 15 Raven were playing in the breeze over the salt marsh and more were feeding on a sheep carcase along with a couple of buzzard. A young Peregrine seemed to enjoy flying at the corvids forcing them to rise to meet the falcons challenge before settling back to feed. This action was repeated several more times. A Little Egret made its way along the ship canal and over to Frodsham Score. As I was walking back along No.5 and above No.6 tank the 3 Whoopers were fast asleep after their long journey.
Observer: Paul Ralston.
Images: WSM (image 1), Stuart Maddocks (image 2) & Paul Crawley (image 3)