04.08.19. Birdlog.

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An early morning walk around No.6 tank started with a Red Kite being pursued by a posse of corvids on the Frodsham to Helsby road.

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More excitement followed quickly with 2 Black-necked Grebe on the water of No.6 tank, one still with a group of Little Grebe close to the bank and the other was out in the middle of the water with a group of Tufted Duck.

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There was also Eurasian Teal, Mallard, Gadwall and a flock of 22 Northern Shoveler which dropped down to forage in the shallows. Northern Lapwing were plentiful as were Common Redshank and Dunlin with a few Black-tailed Godwit present.

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There were 6 Kestrel in the air together and keeping the finch flocks on red alert and at the southern ramp of No.6. Both Sedge Warbler and Wren were alarm calling as a Weasel made its way through the vegetation.

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Butterflies were out in great numbers with many Painted Ladies, Gatekeeper, Red Admiral and Peacock.

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The ‘Splashing Pool’ was quiet with a small amount of Tufted Duck and Mallard while the nearby ‘phalarope pool’ held 8 Gadwall, 6 Northern Lapwing and a single Common Snipe.

I forgot to recharge my camera battery last night and at this point it died!

26 Black-tailed Godwit were on the hidden scrape on No.3 and a look through the waders on No.6 from the west bank failed to turn up yesterdays Wood Sandpiper although its probably with the waders feeding out towards the middle of the tank. I stopped to chat with Arthur Harrison by the northern ramp and we both watched as a Hobby hunted over No.3 attempting to flush finches feeding on the thistle heads.

Observer: Paul Raslton (images 1-2 & 3-6).

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After my weekend working day ended I made my way in muggy warm weather with the threat of black clouds looming to the north. A quick scan of the eastern side of No.6 tank produced the two Black-necked Grebe (as PR mentioned earlier). A group of 23 Tufted Duck and Gadwall were the main contenders, but athrough scan of the Eurasian Teal produced 2 probably 3 Garganey. The Dunlin flock had made a significant increase on yesterday with c500 birds present. I was hoping for our first Curlew Sandpiper of the autumn but I had to make do with a male Ruff, Sanderling, a single Whimbrel, 30 Redshank and the Wood Sandpiper which was keeping close in to the southern banks.

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The paths were chocker block with butterflies and Painted Lady butterfly being the most obvious. A couple of Black-tailed Chaser were on the track on my way back.

Observer: WSM (images 3 & 7-9).

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