Out this morning starting along Brook Furlong Lane. The recent released partridge and pheasant were all over the lane looking lost and forlorn. Not so nervous was a Brown Hare leveret which made its way between the fields. The River Weaver was quiet as a boatman was setting nets down mid river so I didn’t stay for too long.
On No.6 tank were Tufted Duck, Common Teal, Shoveler, Mallard and Common Shelduck which were all present in good numbers and they were joined by 5 Mute Swan. A flock of c350 Black-tailed Godwit were in the shallows which also had 5 Ruff, several Redshank, a handful of Dunlin and the first 3 Curlew Sandpiper of the autumn.
There were 4 Kestrel, several Common Buzzard and a single Sparrowhawk hunting in the area. A flock of c200 House Martin and Swallow were feeding over the tank and mobbed the Sparrowhawk as it flew close by. A Green Sandpiper was on the scrape by the ‘Splashing Pool’ and a dozen Curlew were busy feeding there aswell.
Observer and image: Paul Ralston.