I started off my birding visit to the marsh at the Weaver Bend this morning. There were many Swallow and House Martin flying low over the water of the river. It was rather quiet apart from a few Tufted Duck, Mallard and a single Great Crested Grebe. A small flock of Redshank were noted and a very photogenic Black-tailed Godwit were feeding together. Several Common Sandpiper were along the bank and a Sparrowhawk crossed the river.
Double figures of Raven were playing in the wind over Frodsham Score and a brief glimpse of a Great White Egret before it dropped below the bank. A large flock of Goldfinch were feeding on the seed heads while more Swallow fed on the insects disturbed by the finches feeding in the thistle beds. Another Fox was seen on the canal bank. On to No.6 tank and Speckled Wood’s were active on the ramp track Peacock and Large White’s were also noted. The tide was out so waders were scarce with only Lapwing and a single Black-tailed Godwit being the only waders. Ducks fared better with Tufted Duck, Mallard, Shoveler, Common Teal, Gadwall, Common Shelduck and Wigeon seen. A Hobby passed low over No.4.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.
Another Polecat was seen on several occasions again along the track on No.6 tank per Mark (Whipper) Gibson.