I was out this morning around the River Weaver and No.6 tank. I started at Brook Furlong Lane where Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Common Whitethroat were all noted down. A Brown Hare was content feeding in the meadows. There were several hundred Canada Goose feeding on No.1 tank with even more on the river.
The Weaver estuary had c30 Common Redshank, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Common Sandpiper, 2 Ringed Plover and a single Dunlin were spread out along the river with c80 Lapwing. A Ruddy Shelduck flushed from the bank flew over the Mancheser Ship Canal to join an Egyptian Goose which would have delighted the Mancunian Birder along the ship canal in Salford.
A few Sand Martin and Barn Swallow were hawking over the water and 15 Gadwall dropped on to the canal to join 2 Great Crested Grebe. A Kingfisher left its perch near the dredger berth and sped along the canal towards the River Weaver. A Sparrowhawk flushed a starling flock causing a bit of bother.
The ‘phalarope pool’ was quiet apart from 8 Gadwall and a pair of Lapwing. I continued walking along Lordship Lane and one of the juvenile Kestrel was targeting the finch flocks feeding on the thistle heads and Reed Bunting were numerous in the area.
Looking over No.6 tank produced a couple of juvenile Black-necked Grebe were associating with a family group of Little Grebe at the north end of the tank.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-5).
I was working today so my visit to see PR’s Black-necked Grebes had to wait until I had finished. On arrival one of the two grebe was immediately evident, but the second evaded my binoculars. After a while I shifted my attention to the gathering of shorebirds on the muddy margins of the tank. A selection of Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank and c230 Dunlin had with them a nice summer Sanderling, a male Ruff, 10 Ringed Plover and 2 Little Ringed Plover. The highlight was a nice Wood Sandpiper feeding and sleeping with the Black-headed Gull flock.
A juvenile Marsh Harrier was floating over the distant reed beds and Painted Lady Butterflies were again in abundance.
Additionally, it was nice to bump into Paul Long at Pickerings Pasture and have him point out a new site species for him a Banded Demoiselle, and a new one for the River Mersey for me.
Observer: WSM (image 6-7).