I was out this morning with a start and a short walk along the River Weaver. The Curlew and Black-tailed Godwit were flying inland to their feeding grounds somewhere along the Weaver valley. Those birds that were present on the river included; Common Shelduck, Shoveler, Common Teal and Mallard all present on the water. The winter herd of Mute Swan were sat at the river edge and the Manchester Ship Canal junction.
A male Stonechat was sat in the reed bed with a Common Snipe inconspicuous beneath its perch.
On to No.6 tank c100 Common Teal were on the shallow waters with c400 Lapwing and c40 Great Black-backed Gull. The Lesser’s were spooked when a Common Buzzard left its perch on the bank but the Lapwing and Common Teal took no notice and carried on feeding.
Goldfinch and Linnet were joined together (safety in numbers) and were feeding on the weed heads alongside my walk route. On to the Manchester Shop Canal path and a look over the Frodsham Score where 4 Great White Egret and several Little Egret were seen amongst the hundreds of Canada Goose gatherings. Raven and Great Black-backed Gull were feeding on a sheep carcase while a Common Sandpiper sat on the far bank.
The fields along the Holpool Gutter held c2000 Lapwing and c1,000 Golden Plover which may be part of the flock seen at Pickering’s Pasture over at Halebank which contained an American Golden Plover a couple of days ago.
Walking back along Lordship Lane and the group of 5 Whooper Swan (seen from the M56 19th by WSM and 20th by SH) dropped in to the fields near the M56 but where hidden from sight behind the hedges. I stopped off at Helsby on the way home and could see the group in the distance from there.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.