A change of tack and a walk along Brook Furlong Lane produced a few passerines moving through. On reaching the River Weaver a couple of anglers and two Redshank flushing canoeists put paid to any shorebirds lingering on the banks. I headed west to the estuary where things were a little more sedate.
The first thing I came across was a Brown Hare skulking in the long grass and hide low as I walked past. A few Common Swift are still fingering with 7 birds high over the river.
There were a few Black-tailed Godwit and many Redshank congregated on the muddy margins to the water with 3 Ruff, some Lapwing and both Common and Green Sandpiper. On the river were 19 Little and 5 Great Crested Grebe with a dozen or so Tufted Duck. I repositioned my view-point and settled looking across the Weaver Sluice gates. The morning tide was on the ebb but wasn’t particularly high but 750 Black-tailed Godwit were moving around looking for suitable spots to feed with small flocks heading towards the Weaver Bend. A lone juvenile Avocet was with c350 Redshank by the sluices and further out 580 Curlew were feeding on the mudflats. Three Little Egret joined the gulls feeding in the receding water channels but the heat haze was difficult to make out distant white blobs.
The warm weather encouraged the areal swarms of flying ants and hundreds of gulls were riding high in the sky and circling the thermals was a kettle of 25 Common Buzzard and nearby a Sparrowhawk and a juvenile Peregrine.
Walking back along the edge of the river a Little Egret flew out to the estuary. We came across a juvenile Black-tailed Godwit with a broken ulna bone protruding from its feathers. We carefully wrapped the bird in my jumper and placed it in Paul’s large camera bag before Andy Harris from the RSPCA collect the bird at 18.30 and it would be taken to RSPCA Stapeley Grange. If you are interested in the outcome of the birds welfare text Stapeley tomorrow and find out its fate or follow them here @RSPCAStapeley.
A Wheatear was on the pipes across No.1 tank.
Observers: Paul Ralston, WSM (and image).
I was bright and early this morning with lots of stuff about including a Red legged Partridge (released birds) with 7 young. A female (massive bird) Peregrine being chased by a Kestrel on No.6 (some distance away) and loads of hirundines on Alder Lane and path to Weaver Bend.
Observer: Ron Brumby.