An afternoon visit to No.6 tank produced 2 juvenile Ruff, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit with an unspeified amount of Black-tailed Godwit in the water replenished No.6 tank after the rain of yesterday.
Observer: Mark (Whipper) Gibson.
A short walk along Brook Furlong Lane, the Manchester Ship Canal and RiverWeaver this afternoon. A charm of c100 European Goldfinch were feeding close to Marsh Farm and a flock of c20 Meadow Pipit were spooked by a Common Kestrel but they settled quickly.
Further out on the Mersey Estuary and more Black-tailed Godwit and Eurasian Curlews fed on the exposed mud, but not in any great numbers. Two military planes flew side by side just low enough for me to get a good view of the cockpit and flew on towards the airport, both pilots visible as they passed overhead.
The Weaver Estuary was also quiet with just a few Eurasian Teal, Mallard, Gadwall and Tufted Duck being present although a raft of c50 Eurasian Coot and c250 Canada Goose were on the water. The Whooper Swan has teamed up with a Mute Swan and both stayed close together as they moved along the river, a single juvenile Mute Swan was feeding close to the edge of 5 Great Crested Grebe.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.