I was out this morning around the River Weaver. Again Blackcap were the most vocal warblers along Brook Furlong Lane, but were drowned out by a very loud Cetti’s Warbler. A family party of Long-tailed Tit made their way along the hedgerow while a Kestrel took an interest in there number.
A couple of Brown Hare and their leveret were noted during my walk.
On the river path both Reed and Sedge Warbler were commonplace and several Reed Bunting were on territory one of which was wearing a ring. A clutch of recently fledged Wren exploded from the vegetation as I walked by and the parent bird scolded me from the reed bed.
A male Stonechat sat along a fence and the first I have seen on the marsh for a while. A Common Snipe was flushed from the ‘shooters’ pool’ by a Canada Goose and its brood of goslings and a couple of Lapwing flew over my head calling loudly as their chicks hid in the reeds.
There were c30 Avocet were on the far river bank with several sitting tight. A pair of Common Shelduck with a single shelduckling were on the river the chick was being stalked by a Lesser Black-backed Gull and had to constantly dive to avoid becoming the next meal and no doubt happened to the rest of the brood.
Two Greenfinch were amongst a mixed flock of Goldfinch and Linnet.
Finally five additional Brown Hare were together in a field.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.