22.04.21. Birdlog.

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A brief afternoon visit in (I can get use to this type of weather) superb Spring sunshine. A walk along Moorditch Lane and the summer warblers were trying to out sing each other, but the Cetti’s Warbler edged it.

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A look across No.6 tank revealed the long staying Black-necked Grebe hangin’ with the Tufted Duck gathering at the edge of the tank. Common Shelduck are now the commonest duck species with much reduced counts of Eurasian Teal, Northern Shoveler and Mallard. A flock of c1000 Black-tailed Godwit were bunched together like a red wall, with 4 Ruff, 2 Common Redshank and a Little Ringed Plover. A couple of Western Yellow Wagtail flew and settled in the long grass on the tank. A Water Rail was calling from the reeds and high over the area was a Western Marsh Harrier.

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Observer: WSM (images).

A later afternoon visit to No.1 tank revealed at least 6 Northern Wheatear fly-catching from the fences around the pipes. The Field Voles were obviously in a disputatious mood as many could be heard squeaking from the grass verge and it was no surprise to see a Common Kestrel watching vigilantly from the telegraph wires above. Also noted was an unorthodox Blue Tit nest in the end of a scrap piece of pipe protruding from the ground! A brief visit to the shooters’ pool produced a Common Snipe and a Brown Hare.

Observer: Paul Shenton.

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04.04.21. I found this deceased Black-headed Gull at Dutton Flashes near Frodsham. It was ringed as a nestling on 21.06.10 at Baltrum, Ostdorf, Ostfriesische Inseln, Germany. Total distance: 667.85 km (414.99 miles).

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