A walk around the Weaver Estuary and Manchester Ship Canal and then over to No.6 tank this morning. There were c200 Common Redshank, c80 Northern Lapwing, 6 Black-tailed Godwit and a single Common Sandpiper were at the edge of the river, apart from the usual Canada Goose, a few Eurasian Teal, Mallard and Tufted Duck one with a late brood there was little else seen. A flock of 12 Great Crested Grebe were dotted about the river and canal with a single Mute Swan.
The family of European Stonechat were again in the reeds alongside the riverside.
Out on the Frodsham Score salt marsh were Common Shelduck were numerous; a couple of hundred Black-tailed Godwit, Common Redshank and Eurasian Curlew were feeding in the tidal channel with several Grey Heron and Great Cormorant.
Onto No.6 and a couple of Ruff were feeding close to the bank showing ther respective size differences between the male and female to good effect.
On the ‘phalarope pool’ were c30 Canada Goose, c40 Northern Lapwing, several Eurasian Teal, Gadwall and Mallard were feeding or resting.
Walking back along Lordship Lane and a few Common Swift and Barn Swallows were hawking over the bank and a Common Moorhen was sitting on a newly built nest.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 2-4).
I made a later visit to No.6 tank than PR had with the hope the rising tide out on the Mersey Estuary would bring in some new additions. After setting up in a prime position to watch it all unfold the spectacle commenced.
Eventually the flocks of Black-tailed Godwit settled after both a juvenile Western Marsh Harrier and Peregrine made themselves available for a meal and flew over.
The mass of birds contained c2200 adults which used their hierarchy to keep the 16 juveniles to the periphery (such is life) of the flock.
A small flock of 5 Ruff were skittish on the margins of the vegetation and on a secluded drier area of mud were 46 Common Ringed Plover and c30 Dunlin, a small number compared to 1000’s birds in years gone by. A bleached Ringed Plover was noticable and many juvenile birds were noted.
Ducks were back in force with c450 Eurasian Teal, 11 Gadwall, 51 Northern Shoveler and 30 Mallard.
Over on the blue topped chimney was the adult Peregrine watching the estuary below.
Observers: WSM (images1 & 5-13).