22.02.19. Birdlog.

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I watched the high tide from the Weaver junction today and there were plenty of Canada Goose on the River Weaver with good numbers of Eurasian Teal, Tufted Duck, Common Shelduck, Common Pochard, Mallard and a few Goldeneye. The Weaver estuary had the first ten returning Ringed Plover to the marshes proper. Also seen were several Redshank, Oystercatcher and a single Common Sandpiper were hanging out on the river bank.

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Raven were again abundant and feeding on the casualties of the weeks exceptionally tide tides, tidying up the excess were several Common Buzzard.

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Out on the salt marshes were Golden Plover, Curlew, Redshank, 130 Black-tailed Godwit and Dunlin all sat while the tide rolled in. A flock of 9 Avocet flew down river and were clearly the first spring migrants to add a flair of elegance.

Walking back along Brook Furlong Lane and a small party of Redwing were foraging in the hawthorns, while a pair of Bullfinch were noted.

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Two Small Tortoiseshell were out basking in the  sunshine.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.

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