06.05.21. Birdlog.

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An early start and a walk along the north banks of No.6 tank in warm morning sunshine. I positioned myself overlooking the godwit flock which consisted of c430 birds.

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A thorough scan revealed a non-breeding plumaged Bar-tailed Godwit and the nice summer Little Stint. A couple of Common Sandpiper were present and the tree hugging one was again up in the dead tree in the eastern side of the flooded tank.

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A male Western Marsh Harrier crusing over the flock caused a bit of concern with them. As the flock resettled a second Bar-tailed Godwit and a non-breeding plumaged Red Knot dropped in. The drake Eurasian Wigeon had with him a second duck was his harem is slowly building up. A few Eurasian Teal and reduced numbers of Tufted Duck and Common Shelduck. Also 2 Western Yellow Wagtail.

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A pale biscuit coloured Common Buzzard was sat on the water tower.

Bar-tailed Godwits.

A slow approaching sleet rain storm was heading in from literally the darkside of Hale shore. The weather front brought down hundreds of hirundines and c100 Common Swift. There were singing Grasshopper Warbler along the track between No.6 & No.4 tanks.

Observers: WSM (video & images).

A Common Greenshank was preseent on No.6 tank but rose from its feeding and flew off to the north calling as it went, and likewise was a Whimbrel, 3 Ruff, 1 Little Stint, 9 summer Dunlin, 2 Eurasian Wigeon and 3 Western Yellow Wagtail.

Observer: Mark (whipper) Gibson.

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