30.04.22. Birdlog.

Grasshopper Warbler from archive – Paul Ralston.

An early start and a walk along Brook Furlong Lane where a singing Grasshopper Warbler was reeling away in the distance. There were plenty of warblers voicing their respective tunes for all to hear.

The River Weaver was extremely low to to the lack of any substantial rainfall this month and all the better to encourage shorebirds to utilise the bare muddy margins to the river. I met AC and he had just seen a Common Swift fly over my head but fortunately it reappeared to spare my blushes. Another 3 Grasshopper Warbler were busy making a noise while both Sedge and Western Reed Warbler were joining in. A nice male Northern Wheatear was along the edge of the water before flying out and landing on a dead tree which washed up mid river. A flock of c240 Dunlin included a colour-ringed bird (I’ll let you know its origins), several Pied Avocet, Eurasian Oystercatcher and 7 Black-tailed Godwit were about. It was interesting to see a small number of Black-headed Gull nesting on the bend’s small island. A big mistake for the gulls when the water level begins to rise again.

I left AC and made my way back along Brook Furlong Lane to catch up with the mixed singer PR had seen earlier in the month and AC had relocated this morning. When I arrived the ‘Chillow’ was singing its heart out by the old bird log location. More Common Whitethroat, Cetti’s Warbler and Blackcap were tuning up.

I made my way to No.6 tank and knowing from AC that the summer plumaged Spotted Redshank was still in residence I settled to watch the birds arrive from their high tide enforced relocation to here. The ‘spot red’ was in situ with 11 Ruff, 1 Bar-tailed and c1000 Black-tailed Godwit, a pair of Little Ringed Plover and Eurasian Oystercatcher. Ducks featured several Northern Pintail, numerous Common Shelduck, 20 Tufted Duck, 45 Eurasian Teal and 21 Gadwall.

I continued my walk and found AC’s 3 Barnacle Goose still on the mitigation before they joined some Canada Goose to fly out to the Manchester Ship Canal. A fine male Western Marsh Harrier was hunting the dusty lane of Moorditch while a pair were busy displaying.

Observers: Alyn Chambers and WSM.

Alyn also had 3 Whimbrel, a Common Greenshank, an adult Mediterranean Gull and a Whinchat.

Observer: Alyn Chambers.

An afternoon visit to the Weaver Bend was rewarded with 5 Mediterranean Gull with the small pocket of nesting Black-headed Gull on the island. There were c300 Black and 2 Bar-tailed Godwit on the exposed mud.

A look over to the Mersey Estuary and there were hundreds of Common Shelduck with Eurasian Curlew and Whimbrel being noted.

A single Northern Wheatear was along the pipes on No.1 tank.

Observer: Paul Ralston.

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