A really pleasant time to be out birding today with plenty of the commoner summer passerines making themselves known. I took a hike along Moorditch Lane where the flutey tunes of a male Blackcap were bursting from the lane side bushes.
I conducted my WeBS count today and a flock of 1004 Black-tailed Godwit were roosting close to the flooded daisy beds with 15 Ruff, 90 Redshank and a couple of Dunlin. It was a little underwhelming but the godwits made up with their numbers. Ducks were in much larger numbers with 49 Tufted Duck, 201 Common Teal, 74 Common Shelduck, 46 Shoveler, 21 Gadwall and 12 Mallard. A few Sand Martin were moving through.
There were many Common Buzzard riding the thermals over many spots with an estimate of 20 birds involved. Three Marsh Harrier were also noted.
The mitigation pools on No.3 tank had 5 Ruff, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 67 Common Teal, 14 Gadwall, 23 Shoveler and 4 Mallard.
A female Ring Ouzel (per Jeff and Jackie) was in a ploughed field adjacent to the ramp to No.5 tank off Moorditch Lane but it wasn’t available when I walked back after the count. A Cetti’s Warbler was heard singing along the lane (per David from Chester).
Walking along Brook Furlong Lane and another Cetti’s Warbler could be heard in the distance and the lane was full of the song of Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Willow Warbler.
A Stonechat was at Redwall reed bed while Sand Martin were flying north high over head and the adjacent fields had Oystercatcher.
The Weaver estuary and ‘bend’ were full of ducks and again Tufted Duck were prominent with 102 birds, 14 Gadwall, 7 Goldeneye (3 drakes) and 76 Canada Goose.
Observer: WSM (images).