I was out this morning around the River Weaver and onto No.6 tank.
A Willow Warbler was singing near the old bird log while nearby were Chiffchaff, Common Whitethroat and melodeous Blackcap along the Brrok Furlong Lane. Both Reed and Sedge Warbler were in the reeds alongside the river as were 2 pairs of Reed Bunting. The river was alive with Tufted Duck, Common Shelduck. Mallard and Gadwall present alongside several broods of Canada Goose. 3 Common Sandpiper, a pair of Ringed Plover, several Oystercatcher and a pair of Avocet were on the river bank.
Looking over the Mersey estuary at the Weaver Sluice gates from the junction of the River Weaver and Manchester Ship Canal, a pair of Spoonbill in their fine summer plumage were feeding in the tidal gutter and were joined by a flock of Avocet that were on the river bank.
A short while later the pair of Spoonbill flew up the River Weaver and were I relocated them on No.6 tank where they were still sleeping when I left at 10 30 am.
Also on the No.6 were c200 Black-tailed Godwit and 4 Greenshank amongst 32 Tufted Duck. 53 Gadwall, 21 Common Shelduck, 12 Mallard, 14 Northern Shoveler, 7 Eurasian Teal, 5 Mute Swan and 4 Little Grebe.
The Black-tailed Godwit flock increased to 350 birds with a winter plumaged Bar-tailed Godwit joining them. Another Little Ringed Plover was als present, while a Whimbrel called overhead. A Marsh Harrier was sat on her usual perch while on the blue topped chimney sat a Peregrine.
Walking along Lordship Lane were more Reed and Sedge Warbler in competition with each over and 2 Cetti’ Warbler adding value by the ‘Splashing Pool’.
On the ‘phalarope pool’ were c150 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Avocet and, another Greenshank took flight and looked to drop down on one of the hidden scrapes, while the Avocet birds took a dislike to the Black-headed Gull on the pool and were chasing them off. A 1st summer Mediterranean Gull flew out to the estuary with a Black-headed Gull for companionship.
A Raven was sat on the track and had trouble flying off and crash landed in a nettle bed although I couldn’t see any damage to it.
Fly-tippers have been active and blocked both of the entrances to No.6 tank.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-10) with additional sightings by WSM (11-14).