18.05.18. Birdlog.

An early finish from work and a walk along the River Weaver and No.6 tank.

The Common Swift flock were screaming after each other over the houses along Marsh Lane. The walk along Brook Furlong Lane was quiet with just the odd Chiffchaff and Blackcap singing. Walking alongside the ditches by the river and the song of Reed Warbler serenaded the Great Crested Grebe, Tufted Duck, Common Shelduck, Gadwall, Mallard and 7 Mute Swan who were near.

A  couple of nature admiring kayakers (ignorance is bliss) flushed most of the birds from the bank bank, including a Bar-tailed Godwit.

A colour flagged and ringed Ringed Plover was possibly from the SCAN ringing scheme in North Wales (top image and one from 2017 lower image) and, possibly the same bird as seen on 22.04.17? A Little Ringed Plover was also observed. A Common Sandpiper flew over the Manchester Ship Canal and a dozen Curlew were present on the salt marsh.

Sand Martin were checking out the banks along both sides of the ship canal and a pair of Oystercatcher were on berth used by the wildfowlers boat.

The Canal Pools held just a few Coot and Tufted Duck while above Skylark were singing. The Mute Swan was sitting tight on its nest while its partner was taking time out on one of the other pools.

A distant Marsh Harrier was seen over No.3 being harassed by a group of Lapwing. The mitigation area had c100 Black-tailed Godwit had 2 Avocet and a Ringed Plover. Also No.6 had a similar number of Black-tailed Godwit had a Ruff with them. There were more Common Shelduck, Tufted Duck, Mallard and Gadwall with a small numbers of Shoveler being noted.

Walking back by the M56 bridge a Kestrel perched on the telegraph wires dropped on to its prey and it was also seen to be wearing a ring. The Starling flock were busy feeding their noisy young and 4 Common Buzzard were riding the thermals.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.

A Peregrine was over the fields off Lordship Marsh.

Observer: Gary Murrey.

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