18.04.19. Birdlog.

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An after work walk down to the Weaver Bend to see what was hanging about the river. Three lingering Wigeon were 2 drakes and a duck while 67 Tufted Duck were all busy jockeying for courting positions and Gadwall drakes were busy chasing females over head. Many Common Shelduck were active on the banks of Weston Marsh but no sign of any Avocet.

The Weaver estuary had 9 Great Crested Grebe and small numbers of Little Grebe.

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Marsh Farm was rather quiet but looking out from the cattle grid across the Weaver Sluices and Mersey estuary had hundreds of Redshank, Curlew and Black-tailed Godwit.

A male Wheatear and a couple of non-native Red-legged Partridge released for shooting were also on the pipes.

Brook Furlong lane was alive with Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Willow Warbler.

A pretty under par visit but I’m sure things will pick up soon.

Observer and images: WSM.

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