21.07.19. Birdlog.

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An afternoon walk around No.6 tank.

Numerous Common Swift and Swallow were hawking over the fields along Lordship Lane while Goldfinch and Linnet fed on the wildflower seeds heads.

Common Buzzard and Kestrel were hunting along the bank and several Raven passed overhead on their way to the Mersey estuary.

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The ‘Splashing Pool’ held c200 Tufted Duck and a few Mallard, while the ‘phalarope pool’ was empty of birds apart from a few Lapwing.

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The shallow waters on No.6 held c500 Black-tailed Godwit, c80 Redshank, c40 Dunlin, a single Common Sandpiper and i managed to catch up with the summer plumage Red Knot feeding with the godwit flock.

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Butterflies were out in force with many Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large White, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, a couple of Comma and a single tatty Painted Lady.

Damselfly and dragonflies were also noted.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.

Steam Train ‘Leander’ leaving Frodsham Railway Station earlier today.