My walk along Hare’s Lane and then a look across No.6 tank where the build up of Black-tailed Godwit was soon underway once I found a good spot to watch them arrive. My count of c2500 Black-tailed (one colour-ringed bird and an individual missing the lower part of its left tarsus) and 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 34 Dunlin brought with them a single Little Stint (a far cry from the healthy counts of yesteryear). There were 14 Ruff, 7 Common Redshank, a pair of Little Ringed Plover and 4 Common Snipe. The godwits had no sooner settled when their slumber was sent crashing with the arrival of a Peregrine through their masses. The stint decided things were getting hairy and duly left for the Mersey Estuary. A single European Golden Plover settled with the godwits but c200 were disturbed by the rising tide and tail-ended a flock of c5000 Dunlin over the south Mersey marshes. A fine male Western Marsh Harrier didn’t cause any concern to the godwits and hunted freely close by.
I walk out to No.1 tank where 2 male Northern Wheatear were bouncing along the pipes while a pair of European Stonechat were at Redwall reed bed. Brookfurlong Lane was alive with Common Chiffchaff and a single Willow Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Blackcap and a Western Grasshopper Warbler.
There were 2 Barn Swallow over Marsh Lane motorway bridge as I left the marsh.
An early evening visit to the Weaver Bend where 2 pair of European Stonechat, 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover (one wearing a leg ring), numerous Sand Martin, 2 Pied Avocet, Common Whitethroat, Cetti’s Warbler, Common Chiffchaff another dead Mute Swan on river bank (that’s three in all) possible turbine strike?
Observer: Paul Ralston.