An early evening walk around the River Weaver tonight started with a Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Greater Whitethroat and Eurasian Reed Warbler all seen and heard during my walk. On the river the usual Tufted Duck, Common Shelduck, Mallard, Gadwall and a few Eurasian Teal were joined by 8 Mute Swan and many Canada Goose.
A large female Peregrine flew low over the river with the intention off flushing the wildfowl but turned its attention to the Lapwing on the Weston Marsh sludge tank on the other side of the river.
There were 3 Common Buzzard hunting the river bank and a Kestrel caught a vole in the reed bed near to Marsh Farm. Upto 4 Ringed Plover and 2 Common Sandpiper at the edge of the river. A Northern Wheatear flew across the Manchester Ship Canal to join 4 others on Frodsham Score salt marsh. Both Sand Martin and Swallow were out in force and it won’t be long before they are joined by the Common Swift. A Brown Hare was seen on my walk back to my car.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.
A Garden Warbler was singing in a garden overlooking the Weaver estuary in Weston Village this evening per WSM.