I started this damp morning at Brook Furlong Long with several Chiffchaff seen but not heard as they were keeping out of the rain showers. Goldfinch and Linnet have now flocked together to feed on the thistle seeds and were joined by several Reed Bunting. A single Great Crested Grebe was fishing on the Manchester Ship Canal and close by the Mute Swan family was safely on the Canal Pools.
A Ringed Plover and a Common Sandpiper were feeding together on one of the pools while a Green Sandpiper the scrape by the ‘Splashing Pool’ and it’s likely the same bird from last week judging by the same missing flight feathers. The local police were on patrol around the marsh today looking out for off scramblers/off-road bikers and fly-tippers.
The 2 juvenile Marsh Harrier were sitting above the reed bed with one taking to the air for a practice flight. Along Lordship Lane the Reed and Sedge Warbler were feeding their respective young with Common Swift were flying low over the bank.
The Black-tailed Godwit flock joined up with a flock of Dunlin on No.6 tank but were in reduced numbers. Several Redshank, a single Greenshank and 2 Curlew made a visit but soon moved on. A Weasel was spotted as it crossed the track ahead of me.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.