Back from a short break in Scotland with close encounters with Otter, Puffin, White-tailed Sea Eagle and a reality check in Cheshire.
I was out this morning with a start at Brook Furlong Lane where Whitethroat and Blackcap were vocal. A pair of Bullfinch were noted along the lane and both Reed and Sedge Warbler were on territory.
A Whimbrel was seen flying along the River Weaver and a couple of Ringed Plover and a single Little Ringed Plover were at the river edge. Several broods of Canada Goose were on the river and Great Black-backed Gull were keeping a close eye on the geese goslings. Mallard, Tufted Duck, Gadwall and Common Shelduck were all present in reduced numbers and a single Great Crested Grebe was close to the reed bed.
On to the Canal Pools where a Carp could be seen cruising close to the surface anda of Mute Swan were guarding their nest. A couple of geese flying over calling caught my attention as it was different from the usual Canada Goose racket and they turned out to be Barnacle Goose which dropped down to graze with the resident Greylag and Canada pairs. This pair is probably from the feral flock at Caldy on the Wirral?
On to the path alongside No.3 tank and c300 Black-tailed Godwit dropped on to the mitigation pools and fed amidst the breeding Coot and Lapwing with the cattle wandering through the shallow water.
The mud on No.6 held more Black-tailed Godwit with 21 Dunlin and the female Marsh Harrier was over the reed bed. The juvenile Mute Swan that resides in the ditch along Moorditch Lane has been joined by an adult bird and both were content to feed away.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-3).
A great day today with a female Wheatear at the Marsh Farm and some Swallow, Cetti’s Warbler and a male Bullfinch along Brook Furlong Lane.
No.6 had 300 Black-tailed Godwit and half a dozen Dunlin. The mitigation had 6 Avocet and a further 200 Black-tailed Godwit, a Grey Heron and 2 drake Shoveler. The male Marsh Harrier was over No.4 and there were 2 Little Grebe on the small pool.
Whilst talking to Arthur at the mitigation viewing point a pair of Yellow Wagtail flew into a tree and gave great views.
Butterflies had the usual suspects with Small Tortoiseshell, Orangetip, Whites and Peacock.
Observers: Paul Crawley (images 4-6), Arthur Harrison.