An early evening walk along the River Weaver and Manchester Ship Canal. There were few ducks on the river with just a small number of Tufted Duck, Mallard and a single male Common Pochard. A gathering of 11 Great Crested Grebe in a group on the far side of the river and Eurasian Coot numbers also beginning to increase. A herd of several hundred Canada Goose were on the fields alongside the river with c 40 Greylag Goose which made their way back to the water. A small flock of 15 Black-tailed Godwit and 6 Common Redshank which were feeding at the river edge with 2 pairs of Avocet, 2 Ringed Plover and 9 Common Sandpiper being noted.
Common Swift were noticeable by their absence and only a handful of Swallow and both martin species were noted. Hundreds of Black-headed Gull were roosting on the Mersey sand bank alongside a flock of Black-tailed Godwit and several Eurasian Curlew.
A large flock of mostly juvenile Starling were feeding by Marsh Farm and 15 Raven were sat in a tree watching over the marsh and both Common Buzzard and Kestrel were hunting in the area.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.