04.05.18. Birdlog.

An afternoon stroll along the Weaver in bright sunshine. A male Marsh Harrier was hunting the Redwall reed bed and a single Black-tailed Godwit was feeding in the wet field.  Sedge Warbler were singing in the ditch alongside the footpath and Swallow and Sand Martin were feeding overhead.

On to the river and Tufted Duck, Mallard, Common Shelduck and Gadwall were all present with a pair of Great Crested Grebe and the ever-present Canada Goose.

A pair of Ringed Plover and a Dunlin for company and 4 Common Sandpiper were noted.

Several Wheatear were near Marsh Farm and a female Kestrel sat on a telegraph post.

A ship heading east along the Manchester Ship Canal caught my interest and fired off a shot from my camera catching both the ship and A photo bombing Brown Hare.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.