I started my birding walk at Brook Furlong Lane this morning where a juvenile Eurasian Bullfinch flew cross my path as I made my way to the riverm. It was the first time in a while that I haven’t been serenaded by Common Chiffchaff and the other warblers that spend the summer along the lane I have previously walked along. On the River Weaver and a flock of c40 Common Redshank and a similar number of Black-tailed Godwit were resting at the river edge.
There were 7 Common Sandpiper were noted along the river and Manchester Ship Canal while out on Frodsham Score salt marsh more Common Redshank, 100’s Black-tailed Godwit and Euraian Curlew feeding on the mudflats.
The Mute Swan pair on the canal pools have lost 2 of their cygnets and were keeping a close eye on the remaining two. A juvenile Great Crested Grebe was close by.
There were 2 Green Sandpiper on the ‘phalarope pool’ alongside several Mallard, 4 Canada Goose and a Tufted Duck with her brood.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-5).
While Paul was out by the river I took up position looking across No.6 tank and watched a flock of 378 Black-tailed Godwit, c200 Common Redshank, c100 Dunlin, c210 Northern Lapwing, a Common and a single Green Sandpiper.
A flock of 50 Common Gull had joined up with the usual loafing Black-headed Gull. Ducks were thin on the water with 3 Common Pochard, 23 Tufted Duck (excluding a mother with her 8 tuftlings), some Gadwall, 11 Northern Shoveler and c120 Mallard.
A few Common Swift were much reduced in numbers and Sand Martin were flying low over the water. A couple of Western Yellow Wagtail and a Great Spotted Woodpecker were noted. A male Western Marsh Harrier was over briefly.
Observer: WSM (images 6-7).