An after work ramble along the tracks of No.6 tank and a look in on the ‘phalarope pool’ didn’t produced the sought for Pectoral Sandpiper, so I guess the ‘yank has left the tank’.
A shy Common Snipe chose a patch of rushes to hide out in. A few Eurasian Teal and Black-tailed Godwit were really the only other birds of note.
A small number of Pied Avocet were busy defending their territories, particularly against a Common Buzzard propecting the area.
Walking back to No.6 tank and a peep over the banks immediately provided a fine adult summer Little Gull. The Long-tailed Duck was again with the Tufted Duck flock and a couple of Western Marsh Harrier were over the distant reed beds.
Walking along Moorditch Lane and a large flock of hirundines headed north east high above me. Four Brown Rat were by the stables in the pony field by the motorway bridge.
Observer: WSM (video & images 1-8).
Image 9-10 by Nigel Case.
A walk along Brook Furlong Lane, the Manchester Ship Canal and River Weaver after work this afternoon. Common Chiffchaff and Blackcap were vocal along the lane and a pair of European Stonechat were on the fence on Alder Lane.
Barn Swallow and Sand Martin were foraging near to Marsh Farm with c40 Sand Martin checking out last years nest sight.
A Canada Goose was incubating its clutch in a hollowed out wooden structure along the ship canal. Duck numbers were low on both the river and canal with just a few Tufted Duck, Mallard, Eurasian Teal and Common Shelduck being noted.
There were 5 Common Sandpiper which were active on the river bank with a pair of Eurasian Oystercatcher defending their territory. Surprisingly no Pied Avocet were seen or heard on my walk.
There were 3 Common Swift were hawking over the river and finally summer has arrived.
More Brown Hare were seen during my peramble.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 11-17).