17.06.18. Birdlog.

A look over the River Weaver where 40 Avocet including young were with Common Shelduck and their ducklings. There were hundreds of Common Swift and some Sand Martin.

No.6 had c300 Black-tailed Godwit in the shallow waters.

There were Meadow Brown and Large Skipper and the first fresh Ringlet of the year butterfly on the wing.

A (released) Red-legged Partridge with her brood of seven chicks was also seen and the one became isolated from the family and froze when I approached, I tried to move it out of harms way but it ran off into the undergrowth only to reemerge when I had moved away. It sat on the track waiting for its parent to find it (poor thing).

Observer and images: Paul Crawley.