21.08.20. Birdlog.

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Juvenile Black-tailed Godwit 1010 miles from its birthplace further north.

walk around the perimiter of No.6 tank resulted in a coffee break at the ‘phalarope pool’ where a small group of 12 Black-tailed Godwit which 50% were juvenile birds. The Gadwall ducklings from earlier in the summer are now almost indistinguishable from their parent mother. Further ducks included both Eurasian Teal and Mallard.

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After setting up at a good sheltered position on the banks of No.6 tank from the whipping wind lashing the marsh from the south-west.

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A huge flock of 2234 Black-tailed Godwit busy keeping together but hampered by a over-flying juvenile Western Marsh Harrier on several occasions. A overspill flock from the Mersey Estuary of c70 Common Ringed Plover, 2 Common Snipe, 12 Dunlin, a summer Red Knot, 7 Ruff and small numbers of Common Redshank. Ducks featured 41 Tufted Duck, 311 Eurasian Teal, 1 Eurasian Wigeon, 40 Northern Shoveler and several Gadwall.

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A look across the Mersey Estuary had several Little Egret, 100’s of Common Shelduck but very little eslse but the tide was ebbing quickly.

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There were still hundreds of Spindle Ermine moths about.

Observers: JS & WSM (images).

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