A walk along the River Weaver and then a look over No.6 tank this damp morning. The Common Swift, Sand, House Martin and Barn Swallow passage saw birds feeding low over the river and fields of No.1 tank.
A flock of c80 Eurasian Curlew were on the Frodsham Score salt marsh with c30 Great Cormorant at the rivers edge. There were c150 Common Redshank, c60 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Common Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper and a juvenile Red Knot were resting on the Weaver estuary bank.
The female Ruddy Shelduck and her traveling companion Egyptian Goose were again on the water alongside c40 Eurasian Coot.
Onto No.6 tank and 2 Chiffchaff were fly-catching in trees by the ramp track. The tank’s Northern Shoveler had a single recently hatched duckling with her. A mass of waders took to the air as a Peregrine powered through their throng putting on a great display while it took a while to settle again only to be spooked by a Common Buzzard.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.
Fast forward to mid afternoon and RW managed also to get the Ruddy Shelduck and c200 Common Swift over the estuary.
The Black-necked Grebe was again present with 4-5 Little Grebe on No.6 tank.
Observer: Roger Wilkinson.