I started my walk around No.6 tank this morning where c1100 Black-tail Godwit were resting in the shallow waters with 7 Ruff and numerous Common Redshank. Reed Buntings seemed to be in every bush and caught the attention of a Eurasian Sparrowhawk which disappeared over the bank in pursuit of one them.
Linnet and European Goldfinch were flocking together and feeding on the thistle heads and several Chiffchaff could be singing in the bushes by the ‘Splashing Pool’ and along Moorditch Lane. There were more Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler and a Sedge Warbler were at the Canal Pools and good numbers of Barn Swallow, House Martin and a few Common Swift were feeding up before their long trek south.
Onto the Manchester Ship Canal path were 16 Yellow Wagtail were feeding at the edge of the canal and 5 Great Crested Grebe were fishing with some minor success. A family party of Grey Wagtail were near to Marsh Farm and 3 Common Sandpiper moved along the canal banks.
On the Weaver estuary were c300 Common Redshank and a handful of Black-tailed godwit flushed when a Common Buzzard took an interest in them all. Out on the Mersey estuary a Great Egret could be seen in the distance fishing alongside a Grey Heron.
A small flock of roosting Black-headed Gull had with them a white ringed bird, but it was to distant to read. A red ringed Black-tailed Godwit on No.6 tank didn’t revealed its other colour combination so was also unread.
A juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker flew across the river from the I C I plant and a dispersed Green Woodpecker was calling from fields by Moorditch Lane.
Observers: Paul Ralston (images 1-4), WSM (images 5-8).