A walk along Brook Furlong Lane and along the Manchester Ship Canal and the River Weaver after work this afternoon.
A distant juvenile Common Cuckoo was seen on the brick drainage structure near to Marsh Farm but it didn’t hang around for long. Onto the ship canal and a raft of 57 Eurasian Coot on the far bank and drifted down to the junction where another raft of c40 joined them and more were noted on the Weaver Estuary. Looking over the Frodsham Score salt marsh and several hundred gulls mostly Lesser Black-backed, Black-headed and Common Gull were joined by a flock of Black-tailed Godwit and Common Redshank they all took to the air but soon resettled. Hundreds of Common Swift, Barn Swallow, House and Sand Martin were feeding just above the surface of the water.
A mixed flock of Common Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, several Eurasian Oystercatcher and at least 5 Common Sandpiper were feeding along the river bank.
A Western Reed Warbler was still in song along the river path.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-4).
‘Alas, poor Yorick! I know him’. Earlier in the day along the Sankey Canal at Widnes Warth Marsh and a discarded Giant Puffball floating in the canal drew my attention to a cluster of others including a football sized specimen which similarly was ripped from its footing (by a fungal heretic) from beneath a hedge-layed hawthorn. A young toadlet was again helped on its way across the canal yoe path to a much safer environment.
There were 6 Little Egret on the edge of the marsh bordering Spike Island.
Observer: WSM (images 5-6).