I was out this afternoon for my daily routine walk along Brook Furlong Lane and then watching across the River Weaver and Manchester Ship Canal. Common Chiffchaff, Cetti’s Warbler and Common Whitethroat were all noted. Numbers of European Goldfinch and Linnet were numerous and a male Bullfinch flew aross the lane in front of me.
A couple of Western Marsh Harrier were hunting over Redwall reed bed as were several Common Buzzard.
An oddly pattened leucistic Canada Goose was on the river amongst many of its regular kind and a herd of 18 Mute Swan. This is the time of year where territorial disputes between ducks id intensified and the Common Shelduck fighting for their avian rights, and Tufted Duck were also displaying.
A group of c30 Common Swift were hawking over the river with Sand Martin and Barn Swallow were also present. Both Reed and Sedge Warbler were in the reeds alongside the river and a couple of Little Ring Plover were at the edge of the Shooters’ Pool. A couple of Common Sandpiper were on the river bank and another 2 were along the canal. A couple of Northern Wheatear were perched at the shooters’ berth then flew across over the ship canal.
A male European Stonechat held on to a juicy spider as I walked past presumably for its young brood hidden nearby.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.