I took a stroll along Brook Furlong Lane and around the River Weaver after work this afternoon. A mixed party of tits mostly Long-tailed Tit with several Blue and Great Tit made their way along the lane with a couple of Common Chiffchaff close by.
Looking over the Mersey Estuary with the tide already coming in and waders were numerous feeding close to the tide line. Eurasian Curlew, Common Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Eurasian Oystercatcher, Red Knot and c70 Pied Avocet were noted and being watched over by a Peregrine sat on the blue topped tower. On the Weaver bank a further c250 Common Redshank and a single Red Knot foraged on the shoreline. There were decent numbers of Gadwall, Eurasian Teal and Mallard were on the water with c300 Canada Goose. A group of 5 swans, 4 Mute and a single Whooper Swan were noted on the river. The Whooper Swan parted company with the Mute’s and joined the goose herd.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-2).
An after work visit to No.6 tank is getting less available with a 19.15 sunset but this time the low cloud rolled in mid afternoon and it got dusk like when I arrived at my spot on the marsh. Immediately a flock of c2000 Black-tailed Godwit with birds peeling away from the start to roost on the estuary. Looking through their numbers revealed a single frosty summer Dunlin, 26 Red Knot (mostly juvenile birds), a single Ruff, 2 Greenshank, 10 Common Redshank, 127 Northern Lapwing, 17 Common Snipe and 8 juvenile Bar-tailed Godwit. After an hour the whole godwit flock exploed into the air to avoid an attack of an unseen predator. Those that felt safe to remain included the 2 Greenshank, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit and a handful of Black-tails.
Ducks were very conspicuous with 187 Northern Shoveler, 31 Northern Pintail, c300 Eurasian Teal, 20 Mallard, 1 female and 5 drake Common Pochard and 31 Little Grebe.
Observer: WSM (image 3).