I was out early doors with a start at Brook Furlong Lane. The usual warblers were loud and proud along the lane with Blackbird and Song Thrush gathering worms to feed their young and were alarm calling as a Eurasian Sparrowhawk cruised past. Along the River Weaver Reed and Sedge Warbler filled the place with song and a pair of European Stonechat were noted. Out on the river was Canada Goose and their broods were doing their best to avoid the attention of a pair of Great Black-backed and Herring Gull looking for an easy meal. A Northern Shoveler with 6 chicks also dodged the gulls as it crossed the river.
A group of Pied Avocet made their way out to the Mersey Estuary with one bird stopping to forage along the river edge alongside a Little Ringed Plover.
A Greylag Goose and its domestic partner were on the Manchester Ship Canal with their brood and a Pink-footed Goose with an injured wing (bird seen at the Weaver Sluice Gates previosly) preventing it from moving north was on the far bank. The Sand Martin colony was busy at its nest site and several Common Swift were overhead.
Another pair of European Stonechat were busy attending to their brood along Alder Lane.
On No.6 tank were c150 Black-tailed Godwit and a dozen summer Dunlin were feeding in the shallow waters.
There were more Reed and Sedge Warbler were noted all around the tank with several singing Cetti’s Warbler were also heard. There were four Brown Hare and 2 leverets were seen during my walk with one pair watched boxing briefly before they disappeared into the cover.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 2-9).
Thanks to old friend Stuart Maddocks who took the time to let us know about a Eurasian Cuckoo along Moorditch Lane Lane at the ‘Splashing Pool’ and/or No.3 tank (2 birds?). Another was heard at Brook Furlong Lane.
Myself and my partner took a 12.5 mile round walk out to Hale Lighthouse and stopped off at Pickerings Pasture on the darkside of the Mersey Estuary when 30 (18 of which were drakes and displaying and calling) Common Eider (is this a record for the River Mersey?) were watched drifting in with the incoming tide. The birds were seen later drifting back out with the tide past Hale lighthouse.
Observer: JS & WSM (images 10-17 & video).