I had a walk around the River Weaver this morning which was quiet with just a handful of ducks on the water. A flock of c200 Common Redshank and a dozen Black-tailed Godwit were resting on the bank and a single Common Sandpiper was noted. The Mersey Estuary didn’t fare much better with 8 Grey Heron and 3 Little Egret near the tidal channel where Common Shelduck were numerous alongside the Great Cormorant.
Walking back along Alder Lane and a mass exodus of godwits left No.6 tank and passed over Marsh Farm which I estimated to be c2000 birds and dropped onto the mudflats.
I stopped off at Ince on my way home and the trio of Garganey are still on the pool alongside several Gadwall, Euraian Teal, Mallard, Eurasian Coot, common Moorhen and Little Grebe, a Common Kingfisher put in an appearance and fished from a tree on the bank.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images).
I had a brief look over the Weaver Sluices where 6 Little Egret were fishing the channels and over Weston a Hobby was hunting the last few Barn Swallow. The pale white morph Common Buzzard was mewing overhead.