A late afternoon walk along the River Weaver and I.C.I tank. A hatching of flying ants had the gulls in a feeding frenzy high above while Common Swift joined the bonanza feeding up before moving south.
Blackcap and Common Whitethroat were in family groups along Brook Furlong Lane with both Sedge and Reed Warbler also along the river path. On the water were small numbers of Tufted Duck, Mallard and Common Shelduck on the river alongside c200 Canada Goose.
A Kestrel sat on a pylon sporting a metal band possibly the familiar individual from the Lordship Lane. A handful of Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank and Common Sandpiper were on the far bank and a Common Buzzard drifted over the river.
There were two Brown Hare noted during my walk today.
A Peregrine flew over Brook Furlong and landed on a pylon and sat preening, still loitering when I left.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-3).
We took an early evening walk around the tracks that border No.6 tank where the continuing presence of (mostly) Painted Lady and Peacock butterflies were skipping ahead on our path.
Birds were few and far between with the ‘splashing pool’ holding 43 Tufted Duck and 4 Northern Shoveler. Adjacent to the ‘splashing pool’ is the ‘phalarope pool’ with a small selection of birds including Black-tailed Godwit and Lapwing.
No.6 tank had its usual Black-tailed Godwit, Northern Lapwing, Redshank and Dunlin.
Observers: JS & WSM (images 4-7).