06.07.19. Birdlog.

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Out and around No.6 tank this dull morning with Tufted Duck, Common Shelduck and Little Grebe all with young on show this morning.There were c100 Black-tailed Godwit feeding in the shallows and were joined by a noisy Avocet for a short while. A pair of Avocet on one of the scrapes was guarding their 2 well grown chicks. They were joined by another 2 Avocet which combined their forces to drive away a Common Buzzard. They continued to vent their anger by bullying a Common Shelduck that were sharing the scrape with them, the duck stood its ground and refused to budge.

Linnet and Goldfinch were feeding on the thistle heads and had several young with them.

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Along Lordship Lane Reed and Sedge warbler were busy feeding young as were Common Whitethroat and Reed Bunting. On one bush along the lane held Linnet, Goldfinch, Common Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Dunnock, Robin, Blue and Great tit.

A Lapwing took offence with a juvenile Kestrel sitting on a post and chased it over the bank.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.

03.07.19. Birdlog.

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An after work walk along the River Weaver early evening saw 7 Great Crested Grebe resting together on the river alongside Tufted Duck, Common Shelduck and Mallard.

There were clouds of butterflies rising up from the nettle beds as I walked with mostly Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper being active.

A single Black-tailed Godwit fed on the river bank and was .joined by a flock of c200 Eurasian Starling.

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There were wo pairs of Avocet which had 3 chicks with them and a single Lapwing chick being noted. Common Sandpiper were in double numbers with a group of 8 birds seen flying out of the Weaver and on to the Manchester Ship Canal where a Little Ringed Plover was also noted.

Out on the Mersey estuary were c2000 Canada Goose trekking in single file along the mud flats.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.

30.06.19. Birdlog.

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I took a walk around No.6 and No.4 tanks this morning where Mallard, Eurasian Teal Common Shelduck, Gadwall and Tufted Duck were all on the water inmuch reduced numbers.

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A single female Tufted Duck had a brood of tuftlings with her close by. A flock of several hundred Black-tailed Godwit were feeding in the shallow waters and a Green Sandpiper selected them for company. A Marsh Harrier was perched in the reed bed and both Common Buzzard and Kestrel were adding to the raptor scene.

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The 2 Avocet chicks are growing well on No.3 while the parent birds were overly protective attacking anything that entered their territory, and drove off a Raven as I walked by.

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Reed and Sedge Warbler were commonplace during my walk and are still in good voice. As was a Grasshopper Warbler reeling on No.4, but stayed hidden in the reeds.

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Both Painted Lady butterfly and Comma were noted.

Obsever and images: Paul Ralston.