I was out this evening along the River and Manchester Ship Canal. Pied Avocet were busy defending their young chicks along the river, whilethe many Black-headed Gull on the water and 2 Great Black-backed Gull gulls waiting on a concrete plinth on the far bank watching and waiting. Common Shelduck, Tufted Duck, Mallard and Gadwall were all present in reasonable numbers and a group of 10 Mute Swan were gathered together.
A single Dunlin foraged at the edge of the shore with a Common Ringed Plover closeby.
A Northern (Greenland) Wheatear was on the canal bank and another along the pipeline on No.1 tank.
c200 Canada Goose were grazing amongst the sheep and the European Stonechat pair were attending to fledged young.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images).
Images by WSM.