With all the bling birding happening over on Hale Marsh with this evenings Stone Curlew (finder Mike Roberts) it was back to the days of black and white television transmission here on the south side of the river.
An early evening walk along the River Weaver and then on to No.6 tank. A Collared Dove was in the bushes by the M56 bridge on Brook Furlong Lane which nearly made a rare venture onto the marsh but decided to stay by the farm with a flock of House Sparrow instead.
On the River Weaver there were 6 Great Crested Grebe spotted alongside many Coot, Tufted Duck, Mallard and Common Shelduck. Waderwise there were 5 Common Sandpiper, 4 Oystercatcher and a single Dunlin feeding along the river bank. A small flock of Black-tailed Godwit flew over the river to join more of the same on the Mersey estuary.
Back along Brook Furlong Lane a Kestrel made a pass at a flock of Goldfinch but left without a catch and a juvenile Bullfinch crossed my path. On to No.6 there were again more Tufted Duck with many Mallard, loads of Common Shelduck and an addition of a handful of Common Teal noted. A scan of the duck flock didn’t reveal last night’s scoter. Both godwit and Redshank were present in small numbers.
Observer: Paul Ralston.