An early morning walk along the River Weaver and around No.6 tank.
My walk started along Brook Furlong Lane where Robin and Wren were in good voice and 3 Chiffchaff were making their way along the hedgerow while a Bullfinch was heard calling but could not be located. A Barn Owl was seen along the lane heading to its roost and a Sparrowhawk was hedge hoping nearby.
On to the river and 12 Little and 5 Great Crested Grebe were noted with c 60 Tufted Duck several Mallard and Common Teal. A Common Sandpiper was flushed from the river bank and a Kingfisher was heard then seen speeding along the waters. Several small flocks of Curlew were heading inland and a flock of c40 Black-tailed Godwit flew high up on their way towards the Mersey estuary.
On to No.6 tank empty of bird life at first but later during my watch c100 Black-tailed Godwit were feeding in the shallow water. A Great Spotted Woodpecker was flying up the lane and several Raven were perched on fence posts on No.3.
The ‘Secluded Pool’ again held a Green Sandpiper and the ‘Splashing Pool’ had c40 Shoveler.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-2 & 4).
Taking over from Paul later in the day didn’t really produce much more than he had seen earlier. There were several hundred hirundines over the west banks of No.6 which mostly contained House Martin. Another or the same Sparrowhawk hunted along the edge of the disused tanks and 3 Kestrel were busy hanging in the wind.
Other birds of note were a Yellow and c30 Alba Wagtail, 5 Common Snipe and small flocks of godwits heading off towards the Gowy during the height of the tide.
Observer: WSM (images 3 & 5-6).