14.05.18. Birdlog.

Weaver Bend & estuary: 30 Canada Goose, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 17 Gadwall, 21 Tufted Duck, 54 Common Shelduck, 7 Common Teal and 2 Avocet.

Weston Marsh: 256 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Avocet.

Redwall reed bed: 7 Reed and 3 Sedge Warbler.

Brook Furlong Lane: Male Bullfinch, singing Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 12 Goldfinch.

No.6 tank: 57 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Redshank, 1 Dunlin, 67 Common Shelduck, 7 Common Teal, drake Shoveler, 13 Mallard, 24 Gadwall, Marsh Harrier, 4 Common Buzzard, 54 Jackdaw, 43 Carrion Crow.

No.3 tank: Female Marsh Harrier, 8 Gadwall, 11 Common Shelduck, 31 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ringed Plover and a male Yellow Wagtail.

The sounds of screaming Swift could be heard over Marsh Lane.

Images 7-11, male Blackcap feeding by Paul Crawley.

Butterflies: Green-veined White, Peacock, Speckled Wood and Orange-tip.

A walk along Brook Furlong Lane and along the River Weaver in bright evening sunshine. A pair of Common Shelduck on the damp ground in the pony paddock and Chiffchaff and Blackcap singing. A male Bullfinch was in the hawthorn hedgerow while his mate remained hidden in cover.

A female Marsh Harrier flew from the Redwall reed bed and was photo bombed by an easy jet coming in to land (harrier jump jet). Onward to the river where the usual ducks were present including: Common Shelduck, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Gadwall and 3 Mute Swan on the water. An earlier brood of Canada Goose goslings joined a much smaller brood and all made their way to the river when they saw me approaching.

A pair of Ringed Plover were again present and this time they were joined by a pair of Little Ringed Plover. A single Avocet passed over on its way to the estuary and several Raven and Common Buzzard were perched along the fence line.

On my way back a Great Spotted Woodpecker was sitting on a fence post along Brook Furlong Lane.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images 10-12). images 1-6 & 12.