11.04.20. Birdlog.

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I was out at first light getting in my daily exercise with a start at Brook Furlong Lane where Common Chiffchaff, Blackcap, the first Willow Warbler of the spring and Cetti’s Warbler were all noted.

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A pair of European Stonechat were on the fence along Alder Lane with several Meadow Pipit were foraging in the field and c300 Black-headed Gull and a smaller number of Lesser Black-backed and Common Gull were feeding amongst the sheep on No.1 tank.

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Further on and the Manchester Ship Canal with Tufted Duck, Mallard, Canada Goose, Eurasian Teal and several Eurasian Coot were joined by a pair of Common Sandpiper.

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The River Weaver held much of the same plus c150 Common Shelduck, a drake and 2 female Common Goldeneye, 7 more Common Sandpiper, c20 Black-tailed Godwit and c15 Common Redshank, several Pied Avocet flying out to the estuary and a single Little Ringed Plover.

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A Mallard and her brood of 10 ducklings were in the ditch alongside Moorditch Lane and 4 Eurasian Greenfinch were in the trees near to the motorway bridge.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-9).

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After I had finisched work like Paul I took the opportunity to walk down to the marsh and with few people about it was made in complete isolation.

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I looked over No.6 tank and could see that the female Long-tailed Duck was still present and she wasn’t so energtic than my last visit. c200 Tufted Duck, 123 Northern Shoveler and c100 Eurasian Teal were the main species.

A few Cetti’s Warbler were chattering away from various directions and the first Sedge Warbler of the spring burst into song after its long journey.┬áMy time was limited so I made my way home.

During the course of my work involves travelling around the district and it’s not difficult to see or hear birds en route. I spotted a Great Egret from the Mersey Gateway bridge on Widnes Warth Marsh, singing Willow Warbler at two sites in Runcorn and one in Widnes.

Observer: WSM (images 10-17).