A late afternoon walk along the River Weaver where a large flock of waders took to the air bunched together as a bait ball doing their best to confuse an unseen predator, they had all settled back down when I reached the Manchester ship Canal bank to look over the River Mersey estuary. Dunlin, Grey Plover, Common Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit and Pied Avocet were all busy feeding on the exposed mud. A pair of Greylag Goose took their brood on to the canal watched over by Great Black-backed Gull pair. At the Weaver junction a pair of Little Ringed Plover had a Dunlin for company. Several Pied and White and Yellow Wagtail were foraging along the river bank. On the exposed sand bank at the Weaver Bend were c30 Pied Avocet and 6 Black-tailed godwit were noted. A female Northern Pintail was on the river with the Common Shelduck, Eurasian Teal, Tufted Duck Mallard and Gadwall. A Little Egret was feeding in the shallow water at the shooters’ pool. Sand Martin were numerous over the canal and river with a few Barn Swallow passing through a single Northern Wheatear was on the pipeline on no.1 tank.
Observer: Paul Ralston.