07 & 09.09.16. Birdlog

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A Merlin was seen on No.5 tank per Ron Brumby and Arthur Harrison.

09.09.16. Birdlog

A walk along the River Weaver and No.6 tank today. I started at the Marsh Lane bridge that crosses over the M56 motorway. The highlight was present even before I managed to unpack my bins. An adult Hobby was sat on a gate post in the horse paddock and was dropping down in to the grass to feed on crane flies! After recovering my composure I proceeded down to the Weaver which has it was, was quiet with nothing of note other than a single Common Sandpiper. On to No.6  and ducks featured Common Teal, Tufted Duck, Gadwall , Common Shelduck, Mallard, Shoveler and a party of 11 Mute Swan which were on the flooded tank. Above the water there were many Swallow and martins feeding up for the long trek south. They in turn attracted the attention of a couple of Hobby which took exception to the passing Raven flock before turning their aggression on a Common Buzzed. There were other raptors seen were Sparrowhawk and Kestrel.

Other birds of note include: A recent released group of a dozen Red-legged Partridge in the field near the entrance ramp to 6 and the 2 Black-tailed Godwit on the mitigation site.

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Observer and images: Paul Ralston.