01.08.20. Birdlog.

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An early morning walk around the marsh starting off at Brook Furlong Lane. Common Whitethroat, Common Chiffchaffs and Sedge Warbler were all seen but now not heard along the lane. A pair of European Stonechat were on the fence along Alder Lane and c300 Canada Goose were in the adjacent field.

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A Western Marsh Harrier was hunting over the fields and took an interest in the geese, which unnerved the herd and caused them to take flight. Plenty more Canada Goose with several Greylag Goose were out on Frodsham Score salt marsh and River Mersey.

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A juvenile Peregrine sat on the bank watching the waders in the tidal channel.

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Several hundred Black-tailed Godwit, Common Redshank and a few Eurasian Curlew were feeding also in the channel with Common Shelduck, Mallard and Great Crested Grebe on the river. Flocks of Common Redshank moved along the River Weaver some settled and joined a small number of godwits and 2 Common Sandpiper feeding at the rivers edge.

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A pair of Common Pochard were with the Tufted Duck and Mallard on the water and a pair of Mute Swan with 3 large cygnets on the Weaver Bend.

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On the ‘phalarope pool’ on No.3 tank were c30 Canada Goose, the Gadwall family, several Eurasian Teal, 6 godwit, several Northern Lapwing, 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Dunlin were present.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-6).

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I was in work today so it wasn’t until later that I got the opportunity to pay a visit to No.6 tank. A flock of 874 Black-tailed Godwit were busy feeding in the shallow water with the first juvenile Ruff of the summer, 2 Common Snipe, 37 Dunlin, 21 Common Redshank and 214 Northern Lapwing.

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Gulls were taking time to preen and rest up with 12 Common, 1 adult Lesser Black-backed and 211 Black-headed Gull which included the leucistic adult I saw at Blakemere seen earlier in the summer there. A drone flying over from the model aircrat field spooked the flock and the leucistic bird relocated to a stubble field on Moorditch Lane.

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Scanning the reedy fringes of the tank revealed a fluffy black Water Rail chick which ventured out from its shady lair, and numerous Little Grebe were on the water. A cluster of Tufted Duck, Northern Shoveler and c200 Mallard were about right for the ducks this evening.

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The big female Peregrine was again sat on her lookout on the blue topped chimney at Weston Point.

Observer: WSM (image 7-11).

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