I started at Brook Furlong Lane this morning where a Brown Hare made its way along the lane ahead of me and a covey of (captive released for shooting) Red-legged Partridge followed behind. On to the River Weaver and just a few hundred Sand Martin were left from yesterday with many of them perched in the reed bed.
c50 Redshank were on the river bank with 4 Oystercatcher and a single photogenic Dunlin sat for another type of shooting (with a camera). There were 6 Common Sandpiper dotted about the waters edge and the Manchester Ship Canal with 5 Great Crested Grebe on the river with another on the canal. The Canal Pools held a dozen Black-tailed Godwit.
A charm of c100 Goldfinch shadowed a juvenile Kestrel as it made its way over the pools. The male Stonechat tended to 2 juveniles which were perched in a reed bed. The ‘Splashing Pool’ had c50 Tufted Duck and a Kingfisher flew across the pool. A Green Sandpiper was resting at the secluded pool and 2 more Common Sandpiper and a dozen Black-tailed Godwit were back on No.6 tank.
Observer and image: Paul Ralston.