19.07.20. Birdlog.

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I started this morning at Brook Furlong Lane where Common Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Common Whitethroat were present, some vocal and others foraging in family groups. A family party of European Stonechat were along Alder Lane as were several Common Reed Bunting and Meadow Pipit.

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Looking out over the Mersey Estuary and c25 Pied Avocet were leftovers from the big numbers earlier in the month and were feeding in the tidal channel alongside many Black-tailed Godwit and Common Redshank. On the other hand the Weaver Estuary had 5 Common Sandpiper and 4 Dunlin at the edge of the relict salt marsh there, and a flock of c40 Common Redshank and 15 godwit were noted.

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Another family group of European Stonechat were on the bank at the pipeline on No.1 tank and the juvenile Common Cuckoo was seen perched on a telegraph wire and dropped down to feed on the cut field, a short while later it moved back to the fence which gave me the opportunity to watch it feeding on caterpillars until it was disturbed by 3 joggers. It then flew to the pipeline fenceĀ again for a rest.

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A walk around No.6 was uneventful with just the usual ducks on the water and with only a handful of Mallard on the ‘phalarope and splashing pool’ it was again low profile birding. A flock of c200 Northern Lapwing were resting on the exposed mud on 6 and a Western Marsh Harrier drifted over without disturbing them.

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More family parties of warblers including Western Reed and Sedge were active along Lordship Lane and a Common Gull was amongst the Black-headed Gull flock feeding amongst the hay bales.

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Observer and images: Paul Ralston.