An uneventful walk along the River Weaver and Manchester Ship Canal this afternoon. A flock of c200 Comon Redshank and a similar number of Northern Lapwing were on the river bank with 2 Common Sandpiper and numerous Pied Wagtail being noted. A small number of Mallard and Tufted Duck were amongst the many Canada Goose and Eurasian Coot on the river.
Out on the Mersey Estuary were many Common Shelduck drifting with the incoming tide and c20 Great Cormorant were hanging out their wings on the bank. A Common Kestrel and 2 Common Buzzard were perched on fence posts watching the Eurasian Starling and European Goldfinch flocks feeding in the hay fields.
On the way to the marsh a Western Marsh Harrier was seen hunting over the Gowy Meadows alongside the eastbound carriageway of the M56.
Observer & image: Paul Ralston.