29.07.19. Birdlog.

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A day off and another walk around No.6 and No.4 tanks this morning.

A female Northern Shoveler with her recently hatched brood made their way along the edge of the tank and were joined by several juvenile Common Shelduck and young Mallard.

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Again both Reed and Sedge Warbler were commonplace with a couple of birds still singing. There were foraging Common Whitethroat and Chiffchaff along the bank.

Butterflies were out in force with numerous Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown and smaller numbers of Peacock, Comma, Red Admiral and Painted lady.

The Black-tailed Godwit flock of c400 were feeding in the water and more birds were constantly dropping in to join them. Alongside the godwits were c100 Dunlin and similar numbers of Redshank mixed in with the flock. There were also 9 Ringed Plover and a single Common Sandpiper noted.

The ‘Splashing Pool’ held c40 Tufted Duck, several Mallard and 2 fishing Cormorant.

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Out on the Frodsham Score salt marsh were 3 Little Egret were resting while a group of Raven were cleaning up the stricken dead-stock on the marshes.

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A combine harvester has been busy in the fields alongside the Holpool Gutter and a large flock of Canada Goose were feeding on the split grain.

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Walking back along Lordship Lane and the Kestrel family were hunting along the bank and a Brown Hare was snapped napping at the edge of the track but slipped in to the reeds when a vehicle approached.

Observers: Paul Ralston (images), WSM.

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