I parked up by the old bird log this evening and to my surprise a juvenile Cuckoo left its perch alongside the track and moved to the fence alongside the pipeline where it stayed catching caterpillars and was still there when I left 90 minutes later. A flock of Starling numbering 400 were feeding near Marsh Farm and was being watched by both Common Buzzard and Sparrowhawk.
Common Swift and Barn Swallow were feeding up over the River Weaver and Manchester Ship Canal and several hundred Black-headed Gull were resting on the water. The Ruddy Shelduck much touted by James Walsh along the ship canal at Salford was still in the company of an Egyptian Goose and made their way over the canal to the Mersey estuary.
There were c100 Common Redshank, c60 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Common Sandpiper, 5 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin were all feeding along the river.
A Brown Hare was sat in a field looking all regal.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.