I spent an hour or so along the River Weaver this evening and saw a juvenile European Stonechat was perched up near to Marsh Farm with a large flock of European Goldfinch feeding close by. A few Barn Swallow were around the farm and Manchester Ship Canal.
I Looked out over the Mersey Estuary which was calm as a mill pond and across the river a combine harvester was creating a dust cloud as it gathered in the crop.
A large mixed flock of gulls were resting on the water with more on the mud banks where Black-tailed Godwit, Eurasian Curlew, Common Ringed Plover, Dunlin and Common Redshank were all in good numbers with several Great Cormorant stretching their wings. Common Shelduck and Canada Goose were numerous with just a few Mallard, Eurasian Teal and Tufted Duck on the river.
A flock of c60 Northern Lapwing, c150 Common Redshank and 2 Common Sandpiper were noted along the bank of the River Weaver. The European Stonechat family were still in the same stretch of reeds along by the river.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-8).
After work I paid a visit to No.6 tank and watched the large flock of Black-tailed Godwit flock (4 juveniles) and hiding in their midest were 6 Red Knot (2 in summer plumage), 2 Dunlin, c430 Northern Lapwing, 9 Ruff and 11 Common Redshank.
Ducks were in plentiful supply with 24 Tufted Duck, c200 Mallard, 31 Gadwall, 40 Northern Shoveler, c500 Eurasian Teal, a juvenile Common Gull and 21 Little Grebe.
Observer: WSM (images 9-13).
05.30 – 07.50: 11 Common Gull, 12 Great Black-backed Gull, 1170 Black-tailed Godwit, 840 Canada Goose, 19 Great Cormorant, 65 Eurasian Curlew, 470 Northern Lapwing, 3 Red Knot, 35 Common Redshank, juvenile Peregrine, 8 Ruff, 240 Eurasian Teal, 19 Tufted Duck, 30 House Martin and 11 Cetti’s Warbler.
Observer: Joe from Chester (image 14).