An early finish and a walk around the River Weaver. There were Redwing and Blackbird busy feeding on the hawthorns hedgerows along Brook Furlong Lane with a couple of Pheasant taking advantage of the abundant crop of berries.
A Merlin shot passed as I made my way along the lane scattering the winter thrushes. A pair of Common Buzzard and a Common Kestrel were also hunting in the same area. Onto the river and a flock of several hundred Tufted Duck and Eurasian Teal were put into the air by a boatman checking nets on the river, while 3 quad bikes on the river bank caused further disturbance.
Smaller numbers of Common Pochard, Gadwall and Mallard were noted. 5 Mute Swan and c50 Eurasian Coot were gathered near the junction of the Weaver Estuary and Manchester Ship Canal longside 3 Great Crested Grebe. A flock of c80 Common Redshank, a single Dunlin and a lone Little Egret were on the river bank.
Out on the Mersey Estuary were 4 Little Egret, 8 Grey Heron, several Great Cormorant and Eurasian Curlew foraged in the shallows and a group of 7 Mute Swan and a single Whopper Swan were out on the River Mersey, but were seen to settle on the River Weaver later. There were 7 European Stonechat and 3 Cetti’s Warbler were noted during my walk.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-4).
A Wood Pigeon meets a gruesome end as it didn’t negotiate the heras fence panel. Although it is sad to see the demise of this particular bird the species generally do tend to put themselves at risk with various stationary and/or moving objects.
Observer: WSM (images 5-6).