25.07.18. Birdlog.

A late afternoon walk along the River Weaver.There wasn’t a great deal on the water today except for a couple of Common Sandpiper along the river bank. There were 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Redshank, c200 Lapwing out on the exposed sand bank.

A surprise was a Ruddy Shelduck which was seen to leave the river and head off to the estuary. Near to the junction of the Manchester Ship Canal was 3 more Common Sandpiper being noted alongside a single Avocet and 10 Ringed Plover.

A flock of Starling put on a mini murmuration as 2 Kestrel which were hunting together.

Another Common Sandpiper was on the canal bank were a Raven was seen trying to hide behind some drift wood and when approached it appeared to be injured. I caught the bird and took it back to the car and then dropped it off at a vet clinic near Cheshire Oaks where hopefully it will make a full recovery.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.