I made my way along the River Weaver to its junction with the Manchester Ship Canal and noted 4 Avocet on the Weaver estuary bank with 6 Ringed Plover. Close to the river edge were 5 Great Crested Grebe with Tufted Duck, Common Shelduck, Mallard and Gadwall. A total of 8 Common Sandpiper were along the river and ship canal. A couple of Wheatear were also seen.
Making my way back along Brook Furlong Lane and a Cuckoo was watched leaving a fence post and disappeared over a hedge.
Onward to No.6 tank and c100 Tufted Duck, c200 Common Shelduck, 40 Mallard, c100 Common Teal, 20 Gadwall, Pintail and 3 Common Pochard (2 male 1 female). Down at the shallow end the wader numbers were again low with only c50 Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Avocet, 5 Ruff and c80 Redshank. In amongst the godwit flock was a fine male Garganey which was preening until a godwit came to close which the drake took exception to and chased it off.
Observer: Paul Ralston images (3 & 5).
We took a hike up to Brook Furlong Lane on the recommendation of Paul’s Cuckoo sighting but was waylaid by a singing Cetti’s Warbler which was followed by a Willow Warbler in full song but throwing in Chiffchaff phrases.
On our return we headed around No.6 tank stopping off to look for Paul’s Garganey. After a bit of scanning it emerged from the back of a group of Common Teal soon followed by another drake and both Garganey were busy upending together. A passage of Swallow included a couple of Common Swift which were new for the year.
A Fox was giving a fine example of the fjallraven logo on the marsh this evening (see title image).
Observers: Sparky & WSM (1 & 4).
The shorebirds that have been such a feature of late were not viewable this evening but Joe Chester saw in the tide earlier in the day and countered 630 Dunlin with a Common and Curlew Sandpiper with a Peregrine noted.
A Marsh Harrier and Yellow Wagtail were noted (Jean R).
Image 2 by Frank Duff.