03.05.17. Birdlog

I was out early this morning taking in No.6 and 4 tanks then along the River Weaver to the junction with the Manchester Ship Canal. Warblers were in good voice with Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow , Chiffchaff, Grasshopper, Reed, Sedge and Cetti’s noted during my walk. On No.6 the 28 Mute Swan herd had increased and were resting in the shallow waters with many Tufted Duck, Common Teal, Mallard, Gadwall, Common Shelduck, Shoveler and a single male Common Pochard.

The flock of 300 Black-tailed Godwit were with a few Ruff. The whole flock became agitated when a Common Buzzard passed over but typically they all settled down. A pair of Little Grebe were calling in the reeds below the bank and a Mallard brood were hiding close by.

The mitigation pool held more Black-tailed Godwit and Redshank with Avocet spread across the pools. Walking along Lordship Lane.

I met a local birder (Steve) who pointed out 3  Whinchat which were on a fence alongside Hares Lane where nearby 3 Wheatear were lurking. Steve mentioned seeing a Marsh Harrier snatching a Coot chick out of the reeds on the ‘Splashing Pool’ earlier.

Onward to the River Weaver with more Tufted Duck, Common Shelduck and Common Teal which joined 4 Great Crested Grebe. There were 3 Ringed Plover and a single Little Ringed Plover which were at the river edge as were 4 Common Sandpiper A group of Sand Martin were excavating their nest holes (undisclosed site) and several Swift were overhead  A couple of small fish were left in a tidal pool not sure if they are fresh water or salt water species…Stickleback.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.

The fluctuating flock of Black-tailed’s rose to c580 with a solitary Bar-tailed Godwit, 1, Ruff, 9, Ringed Plover, 16 Dunlin, 2 Redshank 6 Avocet, 9 Sand Martin. I actually saw Water Rail for a change – usually only hear then. There were 2 (rare) Yellowhammer along the eastern side of No.6/Moorditch Lane while along Hare lane I saw Wheatear and 3 Whinchat.

Observer: Joe (Chester).