I was out this morning around the River Weaver and No.6 tank. A male Sparrowhawk was sat on the roof of a house on Marsh Lane as I made my way on to the marsh itself. There were the usual juvenile Common Whitethroat and Chiffchaff being noted along Brook Furlong Lane.
Onward to the river and Tufted Duck and Common Shelduck were guarding their broods from the patrolling Great Black-backed and Herring Gull while the Avocet which are made of sterner stuff took the challenge of the raiders and openly fought their foes.
Shorebirds returning south included Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit and Oystercatcher all were feeding at the river edge, and Common Sandpiper were numerous along the river and Manchester Ship Canal.
The canal pools held a pair of Mute Swan and the Eurasian Coot had a second brood with still the earlier brood present. A Common Snipe flushed from the pool edge while Common Swift and Sand Martin hawked flies over the fields. Several well grown Avocet chicks were on a hidden scrape alongside c 40 Black-tailed Godwit and 4 Raven were feeding on a sheep carcass nearby.
The’ phalarope pool’ held 8 more Black-tailed Godwit and a Green Sandpiper dropped in but left a short while later.
The Kestrel brood were trying their new wings out by flying back to their nest site.
On No.6 were c30 Redshank and several hundred Black-tailed Godwit fed in the shallows alongside Tufted Duck, Common Shelduck, Mallard and Gadwell were all noted.
Two Brown Hare were noted during my walk.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images ).
Additional images by WSM ().