04.08.18. Birdlog.

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A walk out to the River Weaver and then a divert to the estuary where the incoming tide gently ushered a flock of 34 Curlew from the mud flats.

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A flock of 170 sleeping Common Shelduck and a detached Ruddy Shelduck below the Sluice Gates on the Mersey estuary side. A begging juvenile Oystercatcher was half begging for food and at the same tide probing the soft earth. Two flocks of c700 Black-tailed Godwit were reluctant to be shifted my the incoming water with a lot of shuffling and wing stretching.

The Weaver estuary was rather quiet but 4 Common Sandpiper, 7 Lapwing and 17 Great Crested Grebe excluding an 18th bird on the Weaver Bend.

Walking back along Brook Furlong Lane and a juvenile Bullfinch, Willow and Chiffchaff and Whitethroat could be seen and heard in the hedgerows.

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A visit to No.6 tank would on a normal August day be eagerly anticipated but the prolonged periods of dry weather (with little rain to make a difference) and the lack of sludge pumping into the tank has resulted in a wader free zone. The only birds of note being a Little Ringed Plover, 3 Common and 4 Black-headed Gull. The two juvenile Marsh Harrier were constantly calling to each other over the area.

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The only puddle with enough water was enough to bring in 2 bathing juvenile Yellow and 2 Pied Wagtail. A pair of juvenile Reed Warbler and Sedge Warbler were edging down the reed stems to quench their thirst.

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Butterflies were a plenty and Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Comma, Painted Lady, Large and Small White, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown and a few Common Blue were all on the wing. Also noted were Emperor Dragonfly and Ruddy Darter.

Observer and images: WSM.