I had a short walk around the River Weaver and Manchester Ship Canal this morning.
The sound of Chiffchaff and a Cetti’s Warbler were vocal along Brook Furlong Lane as I made my way to the river. On the river itself were Tufted Duck, Common Shelduck, Eurasian Teal, Mallard, Gadwall and 4 lingering Goldeneye.
There was also many Canada Goose and a few Mute Swan. A flock of c50 Redshank took to the air leaving a Common Sandpiper behind. Several Oystercatcher were piping as the moved up and down the river bank.
A Kestrel caught a small rodent and took it to a post to eat but was forced to flee by a passing Raven.
There was 5 Sand Martin hawking over the ship canal and a pair of Stonechat being on territory and showing well on the fence line.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images).
During the afternoon we took a hike around No.6 tank where c40 Tufted Duck were hanging out with their usual cousins on the sludge tank waters.
A flock of 50 Linnet were in the flooded stubble field alongside Lordship Lane and a Cetti’s Warbler was present. Several Common Buzzard were riding the thermals.
The mitigation had a few ducks with Eurasian Teal and Northern Shoveler being the most dominant.
Another Cetti’s Warbler burst into song by No.5 tank before we headed home.
Observers: JS & WSM.