05.05.20. Birdlog.

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I had a short walk along Brook Furlong Lane and the Weaver Bend early morning where lots Reed and Sedge Warbler and at least 3  Cetti’s Warbler were seen or heard. Also noted were  a couple of Grasshopper Warbler singing from the Shooters’ fields. On the river were large numbers of Common Shelduck and Tufted Duck, 17 Mutes Swan, 8 Pied Avocet and 2 Little Ringed Plover also on the Shooters’ pools.

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A couple of European Stonechat and a ‘red breasted’ Barn Swallow  on telegraph wires by the horse padock.

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Observer: Mike Turton (images 1-3).

An after work walk around the perimiter of No.6 tank. It doesn’t take long before we’re use to the sounds of summer filling the airwaves on our dail excerise walk. A few Cetti’s Warbler have made a remarkable push to becoming one of the commonest singers this year and this evening was no exception.

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Looking across No.6 tank revealed a flock of c100 Black-tailed Godwit and 8 summer Dunlin, the latter being very under whelming for this time of year.

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A 1st summer Western Marsh Harrier did a good job at flushing all the godwits which resettled at the farest point from where I had been looking before the harriers arrival. There was 84 Tufted Duck, 2 drake and a duck Northern Pintail and a small selection of other species.

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The ‘phalarope pool’ was looking good except the nesting Common Redshank and LRP were very much abscent. A Northern Lapwing had a couple of chicks scurrying around. The sounds of bubberling Eurasian Curlew and whistling Eurasian Whimbrel heading out to the Mersey Estuary was very evocotive.

Observer: WSM 4-7.

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A walk from Ince and along the Manchester Ship Canal and around No.4 tank after work this evening. Common Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler were along the lane near to the pools which held a few Mallard, Tufted Duck, Gadwall, a single Common Shelduck, a pair of Mute Swan, a pair of Little Grebe and several Eurasian Coot and Common Moorhen.

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A female Northern Wheatear was noted close to Ince berth with another seen on No.3 tank.

The field alongside the Holpool Gutter had a large mixed flock of Rook, Western Jackdaws and Carrion Crow with a flock of 15 Stock Dove feeding with them. I saw a Common Redshank on the ‘phalarope pool’ alongside birds noted earlier. A Western Marsh Harrier was over No.6 and another hunting over No.4.

Back at Ince and the Barn Owl was out hunting the fields between the berth and the incinerator plant.

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A female Orange Tip Butterfly landed on a cow parsley plant and blended in making it look like part of the plant.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images 8-9).