16.04.21. Birdlog.

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Our walk took us along Cowhay Lane by Rocksavage to the Weaver Navigation, a look over the swing bridge pool and then onto Bridge Lane and through to the Weaver Bend, then onto Brook Furlong Lane – Moorditch Lane and a look over No.6 tank and back covering 18.44 km and 24018 steps.

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A great morning walking in the lovely Spring sunshine with a hint of freshness coming through from the south east. A pair of Common Raven, 2 Common Buzzard and a Sparrowhawk riding a thermal over the Rocksavage power plant drew my attention to another bird joining them. It was immediately obvious what it was, a White Stork (no obvious sign of any leg rings) which spun out of the thermal and flipped over to the Weaver Bend. It regain its position and sailed to the east appearing to lose altitude towards Dutton Flashes, approximately 2 miles upriver.

With all that excitment under the belt a look over to the Weston Marsh lagoon revealed a flock of c75 Pied Avocet, 30 Common Redshank and a Common Ringed Plover. The ‘bend’ itself had 26 Tufted Duck and an assortment of other waterfowl.

A dark morph Common Buzzard was circling overhead and Cetti’s Warbler serenaded us on our way. The ‘Lum’ looks really good at the moment with a shallow area of wet meadow which had a Little Egret prowling its edges, several Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Northern Lapwing, a Common Snipe, a Ruff and a single Green Sandpiper.

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A quick look over the pipes on No.1 tank were pretty birdless, so a walk down Brook Furlong Lane revealed the mixed songster Willow Warbler from earlier in the month, and again the second bird at either end of the lane. A pair of Eurasian Greenfinch, Common Bullfinch and several Common Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Blackcap singing added to the music.

No.6 tank still had one or two (asleep) Black-necked Grebe with the Tufted Duck flock, several hundred Common Shelduck and Northern Shoveler, a Western Marsh Harrier and c350 Black-tailed Godwit.

Walking back was uneventful with more of the same.

Mixed songster Willow Warbler with extracts of Chiffchaff.

Observers: JS & WSM (image 2 & video). Also images 1 & 3 by Phil Barker.

A Western Reed Warbler and a Sedge Warbler were present in the reeds along the north track of No.6 tank per Colin Butler.

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