I was out this morning starting my walk along Brook Furlong Lane where a couple of Chiffchaff were moving through in the company of several Long-tailed tit. A pair of juvenile Kestrel were hunting nearby and a Northern Wheatear was on the pipeline on No.1 tank.
There were several hundred hirundines which mostly contained House Martin with both Sand Martin and Barn Swallow within their throng. Also good numbers of Common Swift hawking above the River Weaver and its adjacent fields, and were joined by a few gulls possibly feeding on the many Crane fly.
A flock of 30 Common Redshank and a single Black-tailed Godwit fed at the river edge with 3 Common Sandpiper were noted. Many Tufted Duck, Mallard and Eurasian Teal were on the river with 5 Great Crested Grebe and several Great Cormorant which were attracted to a shoal of Roach seen breaking the surface.
The Frodsham Score salt marsh was quiet as the wildfowlers were active this morning reducing the Canada Goose numbers. A Kingfisher was seen leaving its post near the Marsh Farm berth and another Northern Wheatear was on the canal path.
A Little Egret passed overhead on its way to the Mersey estuary and 14 Raven were tumbling in the air enjoying the warm weather. Northern Shoveler, Eurasian Teal, Mallard and Gadwall were on the canal pools with 2 Black-tailed Godwit and several Eurasian Skylark were flushed as I walked by. A third Northern Wheatear was noted sat on a fence on No.3 tank and flushed when a Eurasian Sparrowhawk passed by.
c700 Black-tailed Godwit, a Little Stint, c40 Common Redshank were on No.6. During the tide period 3 Red Knot, 2 Ruff and 41 Little Grebe`
Observers: Paul Ralston (images), Mark (whipper) Gibson, WSM.