A day off and a short walk along the River Weaver. A few Redwing were foraging along Brook Furlong Lane while a nearby Kestrel was watched eating a small rodent on top of its telegraph post perch. A flock of c1000 Starling were feeding near to Marsh Farm and several Raven were about the farm buildings.
There were 2 Great Crested and 4 Little Grebe fishing in the Manchester Ship Canal, also present was a wintering Common Sandpiper also on the estuary. A group of 10 Meadow Pipit were feeding in the rocky shoreline. A herd of 14 Mute Swan were on the Weaver estuary alongside good numbers of Common Teal, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Gadwall and Common Shelduck.
A Kingfisher sat on patiently ready to strike if any fish presented a target.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.