09.06.19. Birdlog.

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I was out early doors this morning and a change in the weather made all the difference with Chiffchaff, Wren, Reed and Sedge Warbler all in good voice, and their young making an appearance.

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A pair of Brown Hare were eyed along the lane and a Common Buzzard lingered whilst hunting the meadows and flushed several of the released hunting stock.

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Out on the River Weaver were Common Shelduck, Mallard, Gadwall and Canada Goose each enjoying the morning sunshine like myself.

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A female Northern Shoveler hid her ducklings in the reeds for safety from prying eyes.

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A couple of Northern Lapwing chicks have managed successfully to avoid the gull and crow patrols. The youngsters are growing well and were joined by a galoshes wearing Avocet chick for moral support.

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The Avocet parents were busy driving away Lesser Black-backed Gull and Common Buzzard away from the area.

c300 Common Swift were hawking low over the bank whizzing past at head height putting on a great display.

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The ‘phalarope pool’ was again quiet with just the one Black-tailed Godwit present. Yet more Reed and Sedge Warbler were along Lordship Lane with some busy feeding their young.

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A trespassing Common Buzzard ran the gauntlet of a very aggressive Avocet father or mother.

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On No.6 tank were 27 Tufted Duck, 20 Mallard, 60 Common Shelduck and several Gadwall have been joined by a few Eurasian Teal which took to the air as a Peregrine passed over. The Black-tailed Godwit flock from yesterday were still present with c350 birds.

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Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-7 & 12), JS & WSM (image 8-11 & 13-17).

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