A dawn raid on No.6 tank and after the last honking Canada Goose left the water to spend the rest of the day on the cooling Mersey Estuary I settled down to go through a flock of c1500 Black-tailed Godwit.
A couple of juvenile Ruff were feeding on the edge of the distant muddy margins. A couple of Dunlin were aslo present and were small reward from the big numbers out on the river.
A calling Greenshank soon revealed 3 birds feeding close to the bank below where I was situated.
A flock of nervous Northern Lapwing included a flock of c50 Common Redshank. A preening female Western Marsh Harrier was sat in the damp grass only a few mitres away from the godwit flock. A singing Western Reed Warbler and Cetti’s Warbler reminded e that the breeding season was still happening.
Over in Widnes, why didn’t the Collared Dove cross the road, because she nested on the pedestrian crossing lights…
…and over in Runcorn a Mistle Thrush found a handy southern bracket fungus convenient to build its nest upon.
Observer: WSM (images 1-10).
Four European Stonechat by Redwall reed bed were made up of a family group.
Two Juvenile Great Crested Grebe were on the River Weaver amongst the Eurasian Coot, Mallard and Gadwall. A mixed flock of Northern Lapwing and Common Redshank were flushed by trial bikes racing on the I.C.I tank and Weaver Bend path. A few Eurasian Teal, Mallard, Gadwall and Common Snipe were on the shooters’ pool.
Alarm calls from the Great blac- backed Gull over the river drew my attention to a raptor high up and half expecting it to be an Osprey, but it was just a Common Buzzard alas.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 11-12).