Out this morning around No.6 and 4 tanks starting off from Godscroft Lane. A Brown Hare was on the appropriately named Hare’s Lane where the first of many singing Whitethroat scratch out their song. On Lordship Lane two ‘reeling’ Grasshopper Warbler were heard.
The Mute Swan herd was still present on No.6 along with many numerous Tufted Duck, Mallard, Common Teal, Common Shelduck, Shoveler, a small number of Gadwall and the pair of Pintail were still hanging around. A flock of c300 Black-tailed Godwit were mostly non-breeding plumage and just a few in summer plumage. The sludge tank still has at least 3 Ruff with a small flock of Dunlin feeding close by.
The mitigation pools contained just 3 Black-tail’s and a few Avocet, Ringed Plover, Shoveler and more Common Teal.
Along the Manchester Ship Canal path a Common Buzzard was being mobbed by a pair of Carrion Crow and sought shelter in the bushes on the bank of No.4. A male Marsh Harrier was drifting over the reed bed on the lookout for an easy meal.
Along the Holpool Gutter the Coot I have mentioned previously was still sitting tight on its nest, while several Swift were high overhead. A pair of Yellow Wagtail were in the crop field alongside the gutter and a female Grey Wagtail was on the gutter bank.
I bumped into Steve again who had seen a Cuckoo earlier along the lane.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.
25 Whimbrel dropped in on No.6 tank.
On No.1 tank had 92 Canada Goose, 2 Oystercatcher and 4 Lapwing. The area close to the Weaver etaury had 36 Common Shelduck, 70Tufted Duck, 10 Coot, 2 Great crested Grebe, 4 Mallard, another 2 Oystercatcher and 2 Mute Swan.
The Weaver Bend attracted 2 Lapwing, 2 Ringed Plover, 12 Avocet, 2 Redshank, 20 Common Shelduck, 15 Tufted Duck, 2 Oystercatcher which appeared to be on egges? Also 10 Coot and 10 Moorhen.
Observer: Lee Lappin.