27.06.20. Birdlog.

I made my birding start along Brook Furlong Lane where the hedgerows were filled with noisey Cetti’s Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and the ‘mixed singer’ Willow Warbler at the green box birdlog.

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Walking along Alder Lane and the tame European Stonechat was singing from the wire fence and nearby reedy areas. A large flock of c800 Eurasian Starling were definitely not in the pink.

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Looking out from Marsh Farm out to the Mersey Estuary was very much rewarding with a huge herd of c5000 Canada Goose (there is a WeBS count next weekend, so hopefully a more accurate count can be made) on the distant mudflats.

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Watching the tide roll in brought a lot of movement and displacement of birds from their usual low water activities.

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A small flock of 6 non-breeding plumaged Bar-tailed Godwit were separated from c400 Black-tailed Godwit.

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Several Eurasian Oystercatcher, c100 Eurasian Curlew and a new record count of (208) Pied Avocet with 197 (mixed adults and juveniles) huddled together at the edge of the salt marsh and a further 11 birds on the nearby Weaver Estuary.

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A pair of Egyptian Goose flew from Frodsham Score out to the Weaver Bend and a couple of hours later flew back out again.

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The Weaver Estuary was alive with stuff including a flock of 56 Eurasian Coot, c78 Tufted Duck, a single each of Common Ringed and Little Ringed Plover, a skittish Green Sandpiper, Pied Avocet (as mentioned above) and several showy Great Crested Grebe.

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A pair of Common Tern were perched up watching the hundreds of Common Swift hawking low over the river.

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A number of hirundines were either perched up resting or still in the activity of nesting.

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Observer: Video & images: WSM.

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