13.06.20. Birdlog.

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After an early start this morning a Grasshopper Warbler was reeling along Brook Furlong Lane and after a little wait the Rosy Starling put in an appearance for a couple of minutes on the fenceline of No.1 tank.

Looking out to the Mersey Estuary over the high tide and 21 Grey Heron and 6
Little Egret were by the Weaver Sluices.

Moving down to the River Weaver, an adult Mediterranean Gull flew down the
Weaver Estuary and a Little Ringed Plover was on the Weaver Bend.

No.6 tank held 3 Northern Shoveler, 29 Eurasian Teal, 15 Common Pochard, 5 Common Redshank, 3 Common Ringed Plover and a Western Yellow Wagtail amongst the regulars.

Once the sun came out lots of butterflies appeared with at least 300 Small Tortoiseshell counted along the track by No. 3 tank and a Black-tailed Skimmer was hunting over the ‘phalarope pool’ on No.3 tank.

Observer: Alyn Chambers (image 1).

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Like Alyn I also started at Brook Furlong Lane this morning where there was plenty of birds still in song including Common Chiffchaff, Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Cetti’s Warbler, Wren, Blackbird and Song Thrush¬†all being noted.

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A pair of European Stonechat were on the fence along Alder Lane and one of their offspring was sat on the fence alongside the pipeline. A large flock of Eurasian Starling were moving across the fields, but I couldn’t spot the rosy.

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Out on the Mersey Estuary a flock of c80 Pied Avocet were feeding at the edge of the channel and the injured Pink-footed Goose was still going strong and making its way along the bank. A juvenile Common Ringed Plover was at the river edge with a Common Redshank for company.

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The Common Swift were again massing over the river and fields.

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Onward to No.6 tank and c300 Black-tailed Godwit were in the shallows and a Western Marsh Harrier hunted over the reed bed.¬† A male Western Yellow Wagtail was feeding on the track near to the ‘phalarope pool’ and another 2 birds were seen at the model flying field on Lordship Marsh.

A return visit to Marsh Farm in the afternoon to try for the Rosy Starling was again unsuccessful with a large flock of sturnus noted moving from field to field.

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A look over the River Weaver and the Black Tern was hawking insects off the surface of the water and the 1st summer Little Gull was back again.. A male Western Marsh Harrier was hunting over No.1 tank.

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Small Tortoiseshell butterflies were all over the marsh with smaller numbers of Meadow Brown being seen.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images 2-13).

Black Tern image 14 by Andy Dutton.