13.04.20. Birdlog.

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I was out at first light for my daily exercise with a walk around No.6 tank.

There were 4 Cettis Warbler giving it large along Lordship Lane and the first Common Whitethroat was seen performing from the top of a bush on the bank of No.6 along with Linnet and European Goldfinch.

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Also many Northern Lapwing were defending their territory and mobbing the corvids or raptors that entered the area. Several Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Common Redshank were on the ‘phalarope pool’ alongside Mallard, Eurasian Teal, Gadwall, Northern Shoveler, several Canada Goose and a single Mute Swan. The scrapes held more of the same with the addition of c12 Pied Avocet while the Northern Shoveler were watched spinning in circles as they fed. A Western Marsh Harrier was seen driving a Common Buzzard away from the reed bed again and was targeted by the resident Northern Lapwing.

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There were good numbers of Sand Martin and several Barn Swallow hawking over No.6 where the female Long-tailed Duck was associating with a Tufted Duck flock and was sound asleep when I moved on. Also on the water were numerous Common Shelduck, Mallard, Eurasian Teal, Gadwall, Common Pochard. Little Grebe, Eurasian Coot, Common Moorhen and 2 Mute Swan.

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There were 4 Brown Hare noted during my walk.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.


10 years ago today I and a lot of his friends lost Martin Gilbert in tragic circumstances at Aber Falls. Below is a link to some stories involving this engaging and charismatic character. #mentalhealth