After partially finishing off some artwork at home and finally looking out of the window where the morning rain finally stopped long enough for me to grab my birding gear and head down to the marsh.
On arrival and walking along the track by No.6 tank a birder (jimmy) ahead of me was filming something up in the sky, following his gaze I lucked in on a Eurasian Hobby drawn in by the hundreds of hirundines and Common Swift overhead.
A look over No.6 tank and the gathered Black-tailed Godwit flock of 260 birds (later the flock rose to 470) contained 3 Bar-tailed Godwit and the summer plumaged Little Stint. A flock of 61 Tufted Duck, 12 Common Shelduck, 6 Gadwall, a drake and 2 duck Eurasian Wigeon, 12 Mallard and 23 Eurasian Teal. A Grasshopper Warbler was reeling’ away by the junction of No.6/5/3 tanks.
The Eurasian Hobby reappeared over the Canal Pools per David Bedford.
A couple of Western Marsh Harrier were about the area.
Observer: WSM (image 1-3).
I started my walk at Brook Furlong after the worst of the rain had stopped. The usual summer warblers were in good voice along the lane and were joined by a pair of Eurasian Bullfinch.
A small flock of Linnet were on the fence along Alder Lane, one bird was wearing a metal NHM ring, but they all scattered when a Common Kestrel showed some interest in their wellbeing.
A single Northern Wheatear and Whinchat were on the fence near Marsh Farm with several Meadow Pipit present. Canada Goose and Greylag Goose were on the MAnchester Ship Canal and River Weaver with their goslings trying to keep them out of the reach of a Great Black-backed Gull on patrol. Common Shelduck, Mallard, Tufted Duck and Gadwall were all present in small numbers, a few of the Mallard also had young. The river held a pair of Common Sandpiper.
There were 3 more Whinchat and another Northern Wheatear seen close to the Shooters’ pool and a pair of Pied Avocet flew overhead. A trials bike shattered the peace and quiet as it and a couple of kids on a quad bike made their way along the river path.
I finished off with a walk around No.6 tank where the male Western Marsh Harrier was sat preening off the rain drops and the Eurasian Hobby was observed over No.4 tank.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 4-9).