A walk along the River Weaver this morning starting at Brook Furlong Lane where Common Chiffchaffs, Sedge Warbler and Common Whitethroat were still in song and the juvenile European Stonechat were fly-catching along the river path with one bird catching a white butterfly in flight.
Looking over the river several Eurasian Oystercatcher, a pair of Common Sandpiper were feeding on the far bank and a flock of c40 Black-tailed Godwit moved down river.
While I was watching the waders a large Brown Rat crossed the path running over my foot as it made its way in to the reeds. c60 Tufted Duck, several Mallard, 6 Great Crested Grebe and 3 Mute Swan were on the river.
There were 8 Common Ringed Plover, 4 Little Ringed Plover which were made up of 2 adults and 2 juveniles, 3 Dunlin (1 juvenile) and another 4 Common Sandpiper, several Black-tailed Godwit, Common Redshank and Eurasian Oystercatcher were at the river edge.
Out on the Mersey Estuary were c3000 Canada Goose were either grazing on the cropped grass or resting on the mudbanks alongside many Common Shelduck and even more Black-tailed Godwit.
A Ringlet butterfly was amongst the more common Meadow Brown and Small Tortoiseshell being noted along the river path.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-8).
A little way over the M56 but still within the scope of the marshes was a fine Eurasian Hobby circling the area and a tatty looking Common Buzzard.
Observer: Nigel Case (images 9-11).