I started my walk at Brook Furlong Lane this morning where a few warblers were busy eating and storing food for their incredible journys ahead for each one of them..
I reached the River Weaver where Common Redshank and Black-tailed Godwit were on the muddy bank and a couple of Eygptian Goose flew down river and out to the Mersey Estuary leaving c300 Canada Goose still on the water.
At the junction of the Weaver Estuary and Manchester Ship Canal a Common Sandpiper was noted with a Greenshank for company.
Looking out over the Mersey Estuary were 4 Little Egret flew up river and hundreds of gulls were resting on the sand banks with a mixed flock of c400 Black-tailed Godwit and Common Redshank they all took to the air and the gulls soon settled back down, but the waders made their way over to No.6 tank. A pair of Western Yellow Wagtail passed over the canal and dropped down on Frodsham Score salt marsh.
A large charm of European Goldfinch were feeding close to Marsh Farm and were targeted by a Sparrowhawk and a Common Kestrel.
On to No.6 tank saw more warblers were moving along the path feeding in the elderberry bushes and several Western Reed Warbler were noted in the reeds at the water’s edge.
A big flock of c2500 Black-tailed Godwit were in the shallows with Common Redshank, 2 Greenshank and a Ruff.
At the ‘splashing pool’ I bumped in to Alan C whose sharp eyes found a Spotted Flycatcher feeding in the bushes alongside the pool. There were 6 Grey Heron were resting on the mud at the south end of No.6 and a Western Marsh Harrier dropped into the reed bed.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 2-6).
Starting at No.6 tank this morning, 2 Common Pochard and 17 Little Grebe were
on the water and 2 Ruff, a Green Sandpiper, a Dunlin and 5 Common Ringed
Plover joined the Black-tailed Godwit and Redshank flock.
A Lesser Whitethroat was with a group of Common Whitethroat and Blackcap on No.5
Two further Green Sandpiper, 3 Greenshank and a colour ringed
Black-tailed Godwit were on the ‘phalarope pool’.
Details of the colour ringed bird are here:
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18.7.2015 England,E Eng,Suffolk,Deben estuary,Melton
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29.10.2016 Ireland,W Ire,Galway,Rahasane Turlough,
15.8.2020 England,NW Eng,Cheshire,Mersey estuary,Frodsham Marsh
A Spotted Flycatcher was in the bushes by the ‘splashing pool’.
The pipes on No.1 tank held a Northern Wheatear and 2 European Stonechat and a Common Sandpiper was on the Weaver Estuary.
Observer: Alyn Chambers (image 1).