24.06.17. Birdlog

A working weekend so a late start to my birding day. I arrived at No.6 tank to a spread of godwits shrouded in the knee-deep water. I estimated that there was c1000 Blackwits present.

A couple of Ringed Plover and 4 summer Dunlin were picking up the midge larva from the surface of the shallows and waters edge. 14 Avocet were here today with a few juveniles so I’d expect an increase in their counts over the next few weeks.

The female Marsh Harrier was again sat out on a spindly tree in the centre of the reeds and later she shifted position and quartered the muddy and birdless pools of the mitigation area out on No.3. A small (presumably) male Peregrine was perched on the lip of the blue topped chimney.

Observers: Paul Crawley. WSM (images).

A heavy duty female Peregrine was perched up on one of the heraldic shields on Runcorn Bridge early this morning while a Nordic Jackdaw that has been in the vicinity of Runcorn Heath playing fields was again present with its presumbed female Western type partner.

Nordic Jackdaw video here: https://vimeo.com/222969120

Observer and video: WSM.

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