An early morning walk along the River Weaver and Manchester Ship Canal followed by a walk around No. tank.
There were c300 Canada Goose on the river with Tufted Duck, Mallard, Gadwall and Eurasian Teal. A flock of c80 Common Swift were high up over the river with Barn Swallow, House and Sand Martin were also hawking the embankment and fields.
A flock of 30 Great Cormorant flew down the river and c50 Common Redshank and a handful of Black-tailed Godwit were at the rivers edge with 3 Common Sandpiper were noted.
Out on the Mersey estuary was a gaggle of c200 Common Shelduck drifting along the channel on the out going tide with more on the sand banks, also Eurasian Curlew, more Black-tailed Godwit and Northern Lapwing.
There were 7 Great Crested Grebe on the ship canal and a flock of 150 Black-tailed Godwit flew over head towards No.6.
On the Canal Pools a couple of Carp were feeding on the surface with just a few Moorhen and Eurasian Coot were present.
A couple of Greenshank passed over my head and dropped onto a scrape on No.3 tank where they stayed feeding as I passed by. The ‘phalarope pool’ had Canada Goose, 8 Gadwall and 2 Black-tailed Godwit resting.
A charm of c200 European Goldfinch were feeding on the thistle heads seeds with a smaller number of Linnet feeding alongside them.
On to Lordship Lane a flock of c30 Common Snipe dropped in to a flooded area to join a Green Sandpiper which was already feeding there.
No.6 tank had c500 Black-tailed Godwit and Common Redshank huddled in the shallow water. Ducks included Northern Shoveler, Eurasian Teal, Mallard, Common Shelduck and Tufted Duck were all present and the Black-necked Grebe was again with a group of Little Grebe.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-6).
I made a visit after my Saturday work session was over and immediately made the pilgrimage to No.6 tank for a fix of birding. The Black-tailed Godwit flock had increased to 830 birds with c500 Northern Lapwing, 4 juvenile Ruff, 7 Dunlin and 23 Common Redshank.
Looking through the ducks that were dabbling within the godwits revealed a juvenile Garganey keeping its distance from the main body of Eurasian Teal. The Black-necked Grebe was performing well riding the choppy waters at the eastern side of the tank.
Butterflies were much in evidence with Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood and Small White’s being obvious. Several Black-tailed Chaser, Ruddy Darters and Migrant Hawker added some slight diversion.
Observer: WSM (images and videos 7-11).