A couple of hours this morning and the first proper rain during the weekend for quite a while. The Black-tailed Godwit flock slowly filtered in during the course of the morning and totalled 261 when I left the site. A Little Ringed Plover was joined by a male Yellow Wagtail for a short while with both feeding side by side at one time.
Those ducks that weren’t actively still rearing young were huddled together on the banks of No.6 tank staring their eclipse plumages. 14 Tufted Duck joined 2 drake and a female Common Pochard, 26 Common Teal, 4 drake Shoveler and numerous Mallard.
There were 3 Marsh Harrier active over the marshes while a couple of Common Buzzard enjoyed the draughts from the sludge tank banks to aid their hovering.
The Canal Pools were alive with hawking Common Swift with lesser numbers of both Sand Martin and Swallow.
Observer: WSM (images 1-3).
Late visit to the marsh as me wheels needed servicing. I went to the Weaver Bend as a 2 Common Tern was seen by FD and I wanted Swift and Hirundine photo’s. The Tern was there with the Black headed Gulls. There were dozens of Swift and groups of Sand Martin flying around in three’s and I think they may be parents with young, showing them the ropes as it were? The Avocet parents were attacking gulls and then one was feeding duck like in the Weaver.
The Weaver is very low at the moment and the island is visible and had c200 Black-tailed Godwit on it till they were spooked by something, 30 Dunlin flew low over the River Weaver towards the Mersey estuary and a Fox was spotted somewhere on the marsh by me.
Observer: Paul Crawley (images 4-5).