I started my walk at Brook Furlong Lane today where Chiffchaff could be heard contact calling from the hedgerow, while a Ringlet Butterfly was seen in the reeds extending its range from the River Weaver.
The first of two Brown Hare were seen in the meadows alongside the lane and it flattened its body to the ground as a Common Buzzard passed over.
On the River Weaver a Tufted Duck hid her brood in the reeds and a Hobby was seen in hot pursuit of a Common Swift.
Common Sandpiper are still in double figures along the river banks and were joined by c50 Black-tailed Godwit and several Redshank including an odd looking bird with legs and bill longer than the other birds.
Several thousand Canada Goose were out on the Mersey estuary and a male Stonechat was seen near to Marsh Farm.
Walking back along Lordship Lane and a brood of Kestrel were ready to leave their nest site complete with leg irons. There were c200 Common Swift were hawking over the banks and both Reed and juvenile Sedge Warbler were noted in the ditch.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-6).
An after work walk around No.6 and an impressive c500 Black-tailed Godwit in shimmering red summer dress wading through the shallow waters of this sludge tank. Small numbers of Redshank, Little Ringed Plover and Ringed Plover were busy stocking up for their respective marathons ahead.
Perhaps the highlight was a Little Egret that was in with the godwit flock. I can only assume this is a locally bred bird?
There were hundreds of Common Swift about the edges of the tank with Sand Martin keeping low over the water of the sheltered from the stiff breeze in the lanes.
The ‘Splashing Pool’ had the majority of 68 Tufted Duck and most being drakes under going their summer moult. Adjacent to the ‘Splashing Pool; is the ‘phalarope pool’ named from its first ever rarity, a Red-necked Phalarope a couple of years ago. This pool had an adult and juvenile Little Ringed Plover, no doubt a product from the mating ritual I witnessed earlier in the summer? A small number of Black-tailed Godwit were also present.
Observers: JS, WSM (images 7-9).