An after work walk down to the River Weaver in continuous rain, which hadn’t relented throughout the day. A selection of Great Crested Grebe, Tufted Duck and Common Shelduck were the most prominent species. A quick scan of the Weaver Bend didn’t produce much but 10 minutes later 3, then 4 then 5 Black Tern were hawking close over the water before coming close enough for me to fire off a few shots on my camera. After 20 minutes 4 of the terns called loudly before heading south then south east towards No.6 tank. The fifth bird headed out to the Mersey estuary.
The river was alive with Common Swift, Barn Swallow, House and Sand Martin.
A ‘Greenland’ type Wheatear was on the pipes that cross No.1 tank.
Observer: WSM (images 1-4).
I headed off to No.6 tank where two of the previous (or different birds) Black Tern were busy feeding over the expanse of water with hundreds of hirundines Barn Swallow, House and Sand Martin and numerous Common Swift.
Ducks included Tufted Duck and 24 Gadwall. A flock of c200 Black-tailed Godwit included a gold and black Ruff with them.
A female Marsh Harrier sat out the rain on the deck with a couple of amorous Pheasant for company.
Observers: Paul Ralston and WSM.
A Cetti’s Warbler was along Lordship Lane.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 5-10).