The was little change from the last couple of visits although Sean O’Hara found the first three fledged broods of Avocet on the Weaver Bend. It was fortunate for the Avocets to have chosen a strictly secure site on the opposing side of the River Weaver to nest this year.
No.6 tank had an increase of duck species and numbers with 14 Common Teal, 6 Common Pochard, 17 Tufted Duck, c100 Mallard, 34 Gadwall, 45 Common Shelduck and a drake (out of season) Wigeon. A mother Moorhen had 5 fluffy sooty coloured cotton buds on legs close to the edge of the reeds while an adult Great Black-backed Gull was seen on its way by a couple of Avocet.
The Black-tailed Godwit flock numbered around 600 birds on No.6 but with birds coming and going it was difficult to get a true count. A Ringed Plover and 2 Avocet were again present on No.3 tank. A male Marsh Harrier disrupted the flock of godwits hiding on the ‘shitigation’ area while a female made her presence known. Just when the rain began to fall a steady movement of c100 Common Swift glided over from the Canal Pools and flew close overhead to the south-west.
Observer and images: WSM.