11.08.19. Birdlog.

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A walk along the River Weaver and then a look over No.6 tank this damp morning. The Common Swift, Sand, House Martin and Barn Swallow passage saw birds feeding low over the river and fields of No.1 tank.

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A flock of c80 Eurasian Curlew were on the Frodsham Score salt marsh with c30 Great Cormorant at the rivers edge. There were c150 Common Redshank, c60 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Common Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper and a juvenile Red Knot were resting on the Weaver estuary bank.

The female Ruddy Shelduck and her traveling companion Egyptian Goose were again on the water alongside c40 Eurasian Coot.

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Onto No.6 tank and 2 Chiffchaff were fly-catching in trees by the ramp track. The tank’s Northern Shoveler had a single recently hatched duckling with her. A mass of waders took to the air as a Peregrine powered through their throng putting on a great display while it took a while to settle again only to be spooked by a Common Buzzard.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.

Fast forward to mid afternoon and RW managed also to get the Ruddy Shelduck and c200 Common Swift over the estuary.

The Black-necked Grebe was again present with 4-5 Little Grebe on No.6 tank.

Observer: Roger Wilkinson.

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