I made my birding start along Brook Furlong Lane where the hedgerows were filled with noisey Cetti’s Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and the ‘mixed singer’ Willow Warbler at the green box birdlog.
Walking along Alder Lane and the tame European Stonechat was singing from the wire fence and nearby reedy areas. A large flock of c800 Eurasian Starling were definitely not in the pink.
Looking out from Marsh Farm out to the Mersey Estuary was very much rewarding with a huge herd of c5000 Canada Goose (there is a WeBS count next weekend, so hopefully a more accurate count can be made) on the distant mudflats.
Watching the tide roll in brought a lot of movement and displacement of birds from their usual low water activities.
A small flock of 6 non-breeding plumaged Bar-tailed Godwit were separated from c400 Black-tailed Godwit.
Several Eurasian Oystercatcher, c100 Eurasian Curlew and a new record count of (208) Pied Avocet with 197 (mixed adults and juveniles) huddled together at the edge of the salt marsh and a further 11 birds on the nearby Weaver Estuary.
A pair of Egyptian Goose flew from Frodsham Score out to the Weaver Bend and a couple of hours later flew back out again.
The Weaver Estuary was alive with stuff including a flock of 56 Eurasian Coot, c78 Tufted Duck, a single each of Common Ringed and Little Ringed Plover, a skittish Green Sandpiper, Pied Avocet (as mentioned above) and several showy Great Crested Grebe.
A pair of Common Tern were perched up watching the hundreds of Common Swift hawking low over the river.
A number of hirundines were either perched up resting or still in the activity of nesting.
Observer: Video & images: WSM.