I was out this morning along the River Weaver and around No.6 tank.
A Common Whitethroat, Blackcap and Willow Warbler were all seen and heard along Brook Furlong Lane and both Reed and Sedge Warbler were active throughout my walk.
Along the River Weaver and duck numbers were low with just a few Common Shelduck and one pair with a brood. The Tufted Duck, Mallard and Gadwall were present in small numbers, but nothing to ignite the passion. A pair of Avocet were showing aggression to anything or anyone that invaded their territory as were several Oystercatcher.
Out on Frodsham Score salt marsh and c1000 Canada Goose were marching out over the mudflats in long columns and c30 Greylag Goose were on the Manchester Ship Canal with several goslings.
Onto the Canal Pools and a pair of Mute Swan were on the pool that they bred on last year, but haven’t attempted to breed this year? More Avocet could be heard calling on a hidden scrape but were out of sight due to the overgrown vegetation.
The Long-tailed Duck was back on the ‘phalarope pool’ with a few Eurasian Teal for company. It was nodding off when the sun shone, but the constant harassment by both Common Shelduck and juvenile Eurasian Coot made its attempts at sleeping difficult.
A flock of 150 Black-tailed Godwit dropped in for a while.
The waterlogged fields along Lordship Lane held a few Common Shelduck, Oystercatcher and a single Black-tailed Godwit.
Looking over No.6 tank and c400 Black-tailed Godwit fed in the shallow waters with c230 Black-headed Gull. The gulls took to the air when a Common Buzzard passed over leaving the godwits unconcerned. The ducks included: 32 Common Shelduck, 36 Tufted Duck, 21 Mallard and 14 Gadwall, 17 Northern Shoveler, 15 Eurasian Teal, 4 Little Grebe, 56 Eurasian Coot all a countered for. The first Green Sandpiper of the summer was present briefly (per Phil Oddy).
A Marsh Harrier was about the reed beds.
Paul stopped off at the Gowy meadows on the way home and the river has burst its banks and flooded the meadows making many hardships for ground nesting birds in the area.
A Painted Lady fluttered by on the track before the rain came down.
Observers: Paul Ralston (images 1 & 3-4 & 10 & 13), WSM (images 2 & 5-9 & 11-12 & 14).