Out this afternoon with a walk along to the Weaver Bend. It started with a female Marsh Harrier over the river much to the concern of the Avocet and Common Shelducks families. The air above the water was filled with Common Swift, Sand Martin and Swallow speeding overhead while taking a more terrestrial position were Reed Warbler feeding chicks in the reed bed.
A flock of c80 Black-tailed Godwit settled down on to the sand bank and fed with a dozen or so Avocet and a small flock of Black-headed Gull. A single Redshank made its way in flight down the river and a Great Crested Grebe was noted.
A pair of gulls targeted a crèche of shelducklings and after repeated strikes made off with one each in their bills.
Butterflies were out in force with Meadow Brown, Large White, Red Admiral and the ever-increasing Ringlet. A Black-tailed Skimmer was settled on the pathway ahead of me.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-6).
A male Bullfinch along Brook Furlong Lane, a Cuckoo calling near the old bird log and Avocet and Common Swift to photograph over the River Weaver. There was a lot of activity with Oystercatcher, Avocet and Common Shelduck flying and alarm calling because of the gulls.
Observer: Paul Crawley (images 7-9).