Out again this morning with a start and a spring in my step. A Brown Hare with a covey of released Red-legged Partridge in a field at the off. Along the Brook Furlong Lane the usual Chiffchaff and Reed Warbler were very vocal but a hedge hopping Sparrowhawk silenced the summer temporary.
Onto the River Weaver a large crèche of ‘shelducklings’ were doing their best to avoid the attention of a pair of Lesser Black-backed Gull. A pair of Oystercatcher were driven to distraction by a Common Buzzard lingering too long in their presence and forced it away with a lot of verbal persuasion.
A Gadwall with 5 ducklings were noted and 2 adult and a juvenile Ringed Plover were at the waters edge alongside a pair of Common Sandpiper. There were four more Common Sandpiper along the river and Manchester Ship Canal.
The Canal Pools were home to a pair of Mute Swan and their brood watched as Carp were cruising close to the water surface. Several Pied and a single Grey Wagtail were catching fly’s over the water. Dragonflies were active in the Sunday sunshine with Ruddy Darter and Emperor noted. The nearby scrape held single Common and Green Sandpiper and a Common Snipe was at the scrape by the ‘Splashing Pool’.
Walking back along Lordship Lane there were again Reed Warbler and Common Whitethroat busily feeding fledged young. After yesterdays Grey Heron attack the local moorhen were sitting tight on their nests.
A flock of c300 Black-tailed Godwit were feeding in the shallows while both Redshank and Lapwing were put on high alert as a Peregrine zoned high overhead.
A couple more Brown Hare with a leveret were seen at another location during my morning amble.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston