I was out early with the lark around No.6 and No.4 tanks. The partial summer Red Knot was busy feeding up with its less glamorous six companions, 13 dainty Dunlin and c400 Black-tailed Godwit.
Common Swift and Barn Swallow were both in good numbers over the shallow waters while two Western Marsh Harrier gracefully floated over the reed beds. The now familiar tunes of Cetti’s Warbler. Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler joined in the serenading and even a Grasshopper Warbler joined in but I couldn’t locate it.
Over on the ‘phalarope pool’ were 3 Western Yellow Wagtail which then flew over to No.6 tank.
Walking out to the River Weaver there were 16 Mute Swan which had flown over No.3 on their way to the river. The Great Crested Grebe pair are still incubating on the Canal Pools and a Canada Goose is still sitting on its nest near the dredger berth. A Little Egret was loitering on Ince Marsh fields.
A pair of Grey and several Pied Wagtail were along the Holpool Gutter near to the GrowHow Works and a Peregrine was sat on top of a tower overlooking the marsh. Several Stock Dove and a pair of Eurasian Oystercatcher were feeding in the fields along Lordship Lane.
There were Brown Hares observered this morning.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.