I made a start this morning along Brook Furlong Lane where the usual warblers were present and vocal. A small group of Linnet and European Goldfinch were feeding on the grass seed heads on No.1 tank with Meadow Pipit sitting on the fence. Another pair of European Stonechat were showing well at the bend in along Alder Lane and a dozen or more Common Raven were feasting on a sheep carcase with 18 more sitting along the fence waiting their turn.
Out on the Mersey Estuary were 3-4000 Canada Goose marching across the mudflats and coming from all directions, it was a strange sight to watch. Again there were decent numbers of Pied Avocet feeding in the channel with a couple of Eurasian Curlew presen. A Common Sandpiper and a single Common Redshank were at the edge of the River Weaver with more Pied Avocet passing up and down the water course.
A couple of juvenile European Stonechatuvenile and several juvenile Reed Bunting were noted from Redwall reed bed with Sedge and Reed Warbler feeding young. On the River Weaver were 2 juvenile Great Crested Grebe fishing close to the bank while the parent birds slept. A Eurasian Cuckoo flew past me as I made my way back along the river path and disappeared from my sight. The remains of a Common Buzzard noted on No.3 tank could have been a victim of the turbines or something sinister?
Onto No.6 and an adult and 2 juvenile Little Ringed Plover and 4 recently hatched Northern Lapwing were feeding close together, but froze when 2 Western Marsh Harrier appeared over the reeds.
Butterflies were again in profusion with the most dominat species being Small Tortoiseshell with Meadoe Brown, Large Skipper, Small White, Comma and a few Painted Lady.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1 & 3 & 5).
With mid summers day already upon us we decided to take a hike around No.6 tank where we bumped into Paul who more or less had the same idea. A few Linnet and Yellow Wagtail were loitering on the track but apart from a couple of reeling Grasshopper Warbler singing from the eastern edges of No.4 tank it was pretty vacant. The ‘phalarope pool’ was devoid of lifeforms but the ‘splashing pool’ had 24 Tuted Duck sheltering from the brisk breeze.
A look over No.6 tank was alot better with c450 Black-tailed Godwit and a well grown juvenile Common Ringed Plover. A small group of 6 Common Redshank and 14 Northern Lapwing were also present. Ducks were back with c100 Tufted Duck, 8 Common Pochard, 7 Northern Shoveler, 61 Eurasian Teal, Gadwall and Mallard.
A Western Marsh Harrier was quartering the reed beds and a couple of Little Egret were by the Weaver Sluices.
Observers: JS & WSM (images 2 & 4 & 6-7).