With glorious sunshine beaming down on us all day it was with some eagerness that I made my way to the marsh after work. On my arrival I got a text off Arthur Harrison who had seen 2 Short-eared Owl over Redwall reed bed.
I walked out to the edge of the River Weaver and it was immediately obvious that one of the ‘shorties’ was still present. It was joined later by its companion and both gave some pretty incredible views (cue toggers to pay a visit). Walking back later a Barn Owl flew over my car and the Pipistrelle bat was again hawking over the bridge that crosses the M56.
The sound of Cetti’s Warbler proclaiming their presence from the reed beds and a Common Chiffchaff contact calling from the some bushes by the old birdlog. A Little Egret flew west across the shooters fields and gulls poured through heading to the Mersey Estuary.
The River Weaver was alive with ducks and 14 Common Goldeneye were joined by c150 Tufted Duck, 15 Common Pochard, 200 Common Shelduck, Mallard, female Greater Scaup and several hundred Eurasian Teal. No sign of the Long-tailed Duck but the light was fading quickly when I gave the estuary a grilling.
Another stunning sunset as seen from my location setting behind Moel Famau in NE Wales.
Observer and images: WSM.