15.06.20. Birdlog.

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A warm and slightly muggy morning I decided to head to the Weaver Bend to try and locate the Little Gull or (fingers crossed) a Black Tern, there were plenty of warblers along Brook Furlong Lane, mostly Common Chiffchaff and calling Cetti’s Warbler.

On reaching the River Weaver it looked a bit quiet with few gulls, loads of Common Shelduck with shelducklings out on the water and 2 Eurasian Oystercatcher. Tthere was another birder (Roger I think he said his name was). along the track and he was scanning the river and spotted 2 geese asking me if they looked like Egyptian Goose it was hard to tell at first so I took a photo so I could zoom in to see and he was right.

Walking further along I saw so many (c100) Small Tortoiseshell butterflies it was amazing. The first Ringlet of the summer and a couple of Meadow Brown. A Common Kingfisher was perched up on the tree in the middle of the river near the bend and nearby Pied Avocet were with chicks on the bank.

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Cetti’s Warbler.

On my return along Brook Furlong Lane I got lucky with 2 warblers in a bush at eye level, it was hard to tell what they were as it was a very shady spot, turned out to be a couple of Cetti’s Warbler. I managed a few shots on my camera and they proved to be a first for me so quite pleased. I soon reached the car on the motorway bridge, another mornings profitable birding over.

Observer and images: Keith Gallie.