An after work walk along the River Weaver early evening saw 7 Great Crested Grebe resting together on the river alongside Tufted Duck, Common Shelduck and Mallard.
There were clouds of butterflies rising up from the nettle beds as I walked with mostly Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper being active.
A single Black-tailed Godwit fed on the river bank and was .joined by a flock of c200 Eurasian Starling.
There were wo pairs of Avocet which had 3 chicks with them and a single Lapwing chick being noted. Common Sandpiper were in double numbers with a group of 8 birds seen flying out of the Weaver and on to the Manchester Ship Canal where a Little Ringed Plover was also noted.
Out on the Mersey estuary were c2000 Canada Goose trekking in single file along the mud flats.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.