29.06.18. Birdlog.

An early evening walk along Brook Furlong Lane and around to the Weaver Bend.

The Blackcap and Chiffchaff are still very much vocal along the lane as was Reed Warbler but alongside the River Weaver.

A Marsh Harrier was over Redwall reed bed and c250 Black-tailed Godwit and c40 Avocet, 2 Ringed Plover, 4 Redshank were on the sand bank on the ‘Bend’. Several broods of Common Shelduck of different ages were noted and some males restarting their nuptials. A Tufted Duck female had a brood of 13 ducklings and a Common Sandpiper sat on the bank and watched the water flow by. There were only 2 Common Swift and a handful of Swallow were active over the water.

Butterflies were abundant with Meadow Brown, Small Tortoiseshell, Large Skipper, Comma and Ringlet all out in the third consecutive 30* degree sunshine day.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.

Image may contain: sky, mountain, cloud, nature and outdoor

The current tinder dry weather caused fire outbreaks at a few hill locations today including this fire on Helsby Hill as seen from Frodsham Marsh. Image by Harriet Louise.