15.06.18. Birdlog.

A walk around to the Weaver Bend this afternoon and it started with a male Marsh Harrier over Redwall reed bed then making its way towards Marsh Farm.

There were both Reed and Sedge Warbler being noted along with 2 pairs of Reed Bunting along the river path. Good numbers of Common Swift, Swallow, House and Sand Martin were hawking above the river but didn’t entice a hoped for Hobby.

Common Shelduck and Mallard were on the river with their ducklings while Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gull were waiting for a chance to snatch as many as they could. One Herring Gull took a fish from the water’s surface.

Common Buzzard passed over head carrying a young Rabbit and a pair of Stonechat were near the shooters’ pools.

A flock of c150 Black-tailed Godwit dropped on to a mud bank and fed alongside Lapwing, Oystercatcher and a minimum 26 Avocet.

A Blackbird was impersonating a Ring Ouzel was feeding on the lawn when I got home.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images 2-5).

An after work walk along the track that separates No.5 from No.6 tanks and a look over the banks of six revealed an assortment of duck species which included a pair of common Pochard, 24 Tufted Duck, 46 Common Teal, 6 Shoveler, 56 Mallard, some Common Shelduck and quite a few Gadwall.

The muddy margins to the edge of the still receding waters of this sludge tank had a flock of chattering c450 Black-tailed Godwit. The godwit flock eventually gathered themselves together to before heading out to the Mersey estuary for the evening. A Oystercatcher was keeping a close eye of a couple of ranging Marsh Harrier.

Observer: WSM (images 1 & 6-8).