I started my walk off at Brook Furlong Lane this morning where for another year the mixed singer Willow Warbler was vocal near the old birdlog with more Willow Warbler and Common Chiffchaff further along the lane. Again Cetti’s Warbler were numerous during the morning with Blackcap and Common Whitethroats being were noted. A pair of (released) Grey Partridge were along the pipeline on No.1 tank where 3 Northern Wheatear were were seen along the fence line.
A Sedge Warbler burst into song along the River Weaver path and a drake Common Goldeneye was amongst the Common Shelduck, Tufted Duck, Mallard and Eurasian Teal on the water. Two Ruff and a single Black-tailed Godwit were on the shooters’ pool much to the annoyance of the resident Northern Lapwing, a female Northern Pintail was in the company of a pair of teal also on the pool. Also 3 Little Ringed Plover and 3 Common Sandpiper were showing well along the bank.
A handful of Pied Avocet were moving along the river with more seen foraging out on the Mersey Estuary. Sand Martin were hawking over the water and Eurasian Skylark were singing high above. A Canada Goose nest out in the open on the Manchester Ship Canal bank will be lucky to survive the many Common Raven, Red Fox and Badger in the vicinity.
A blast from the past made its way along the ship canal with the steam boat the Daniel Adamson on route from Ellesmere port to Acton bridge.
Observer: Paul Ralston.
Earlier in the day and looking across to Frodsham Marsh a Whooper Swan was on the salt marsh there with thousands of Black-tailed Godwit streaming out to Frodsham Marsh…where else.
A look out to birders a Short-eared Owl was this morning upriver near Dutton Locks.
Observer: Andy Jurgis.