A walk around the River Weaver starting at Brook Furlong Lane where a pair of young Rabbits took cover as a Common Buzzard targeted them.
A flock of c300 European Starling were feeding around Marsh Farm as were c50 European Goldfinch. Some of the last (c80) Common Swift and Barn Swallow were skimming the Manchester Ship Canal and river as the rain started and forced the insects lower down.
30 Common Redshank, 6 Black-tailed Godwit (including one juvenile pictured) and a single Common Sandpiper were at the rivers edge with a small flock of Northern Lapwing. A small number of Tufted Duck, Gadwall and Mallard plus a single Great Crested Grebe were noted.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images).
An after work walk around the perimeter of No.6 tank was pretty uneventful until we were above the flooded section and could see several hundred Black-tailed Godwit, the most prominet duck is by far Eurasian Teal with much lesser numbers of Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, 47 Tufted Duck and 20 Little Grebe. I didn’t see the Black-necked Grebe but considering it is good at hiding in the lush vegetation I wasn’t that bothered.
The big female adult Peregrine was again sat on the lip of the tall blue topped chimney at Weston Point.
Observers: JS, WSM.