09.08.18. Birdlog.

An evening stroll down to the Weaver Bend where the water level is still higher than it should be for some decent birds to be present. There were 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Common Sandpiper, 6 Redshank, 1 Oystercatcher, a juvenile Little Ringed Plover with 8 Shoveler, 18 Tufted Duck and a juvenile Great Crested Grebe.

Retracing my steps I headed along Brook Furlong Lane where the only bird of note was a calling Bullfinch.

Arriving at the track overlooking No.6 tank and the vacant space that once held water was barely even a damp patch anymore. Despite the dust pool of a sludge tank there were 15 Lapwing huddled together and 4 juvenile Pied Wagtail.

Eventually the evening wore on and a spectacular sunset was thwarted by an ominous black rain front rolling in from the distant Atlantic. The top bird(s) were c230 Curlew (many in heavy wing moult) heading into the Mersey estuary and No.6 tank from inland sites. Flocks of Black-tailed Godwit dropped out of the sky to settle on the Canal Pools for the evening.A couple of Marsh Harrier were quartering the area as the light dwindled.

Observer: WSM.

Images: Heather Wilde.

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