01.07.21. Birdlog.

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We took a long walk around the marsh with a rest stop at the ‘phalarope pool’ where a couple of sad looking Black-tailed Godwit were also resting. Nearby a fully fledged Northern Lapwing was watched over by its parents with another adult bird still sitting on its nest.

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A single Eurasian Teal was providing close views filtering the muddy waters of the pool for tasty morsels. A couple of Western Marsh Harrier cruised over and closeby a hovering Common Kestrel was hanging in the wind above our heads, too busy to be bothered by our presence.

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The ‘splashing pool’ had 24 Tufted Duck and a single Northern Shoveler.

A Grasshopper Warbler briefly reeled from a patch of willows on No.4 tank but avoided being seen.

Walking along the track and a couple of drake Eurasian Wigeon were on one of the mitigation pools, but little else to engage our interest.

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Further along the track brought us to the lookout spot above No.6 tank where a tight bunched up group of c350 Black-tailed Godwit were shimmering in the heat haze, 20 Common Redshank, 3 Dunlin and the summer plumaged Spotted Redshank were all alongside.

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Observers: JS & WSM (images 2-5).

Image 1 by Duncan Cowley.

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A walk along Brook Furlong Lane and the River Weaver tonight produced Common Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Common Whitethroat and all still vocal. A pair of Eurasian Bullfinch were traipsing on the telegraph wires.

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A small passage of 7 Common Sandpiper perhaps id the start of some shorebirds heading south, 2 Common Ringed Plover, 4 Pied Avocet, 2 Common Redshank and a single Black-tailed Godwit were all on river bank.

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The Barn Owl reappeared hunting by stable again.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images 6-8).