A hour or so after work along the River Weaver.
The juvenile European Stonechat were flycatching along the river path while Reed Bunting, Sedge and Reed Warbler were all noted with some feeding young in the reeds along the way.
There were 2 Common Sandpiper and 3 Common Redshank on the river bank and a Western Marsh Harrier crossed the river followed by a flock of Eurasian Starling. An additional c400 were feeding in the fields around Marsh Farm and again nothing shone out from the crowd. A look over the Mersey Estuary produced c2000 Canada Goose on the mudflats and the Pied Avocet numbers were low compared to recent visits.
Another pair of European Stonechat look to be feeding a second brood on Alder Lane and quite a model pair they are.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.