A day off and a walk along the River Weaver and along to No.6 tank.
There was a pair of Mute Swan (one with a green darvic ring) were on the river with several hundred Canada Goose and a few Greylag with there the white farmyard companions. The river produced sightings of 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher and c200 Lapwing at the junction of the river and Manchester Ship Canal. A Cormorant was disturbed off the canal and coughed up a decent sized fish in its haste to get away.
A look over the Mersey estuary and there were hundreds of Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Dunlin, Cormorant and Grey Heron all feeding in a tidal channel while a large number of Common Shelduck were by the Sluice Gates. 15 Pied Wagtail were grouped together along the canal bank and 3 Yellow Wagtail passed overhead.
A Peregrine was in hunting mode and sped past Marsh Farm and out to the estuary. On to No.6 tank which has now dried up with just a puddle under the Cormorant roost tree and nothing to show on the cracked mud for my effort.
The ‘Secluded Pool’ still has a small amount of water and held a few Coot, Moorhen and a Green Sandpiper.
I spoke to a visiting birder from Knutsford who had watched a Hobby hunting the many Swallow over tanks 6 and 3, it was joined by a pair of Peregrine.
The Raven that I handed in to the care of a veterinary clinic recently has now regained its strength and was released by the vet near where it was found over the weekend.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.