04.07.21. Birdlog.

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I was out this morning along No.4 and No.6¬†tanks. Not a great deal about but several Western Reed, Sedge and Common Whitethroat were busy feeding their hungry broods in the reeds on No.4. I had just the one Black-tailed Godwitwit with a dozen Eurasian Teal on the ‘phalarope pool’, a further c 100 more godwits with c20 Common Redshank were feeding in the shallows on No.6.

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The female Western Marsh Harrier was hunting over the tank and the male was seen over Lordship Marsh. The male Common Kestrel was seen flying towards its nest site carrying a rodent, and 5 juveniles were practice flying around the box.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-2 & 4).

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Late morning and we walked along Moorditch Lane where a reeling Grasshopper Warbler evaded being seen but was quite audible notheless. A few Cetti’s Warbler were making their presence known and European Goldfinch families are gathering together to form super flocks.

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No. tank had 192 Tufted Duck, a single Northern Shoveler, 24 Eurasian Teal, 14 Mallard and the odd Common Shelduck. Shorebirds were thin in the water but the summer plumaged Spotted Redshank found a friendly bunch of Common Redshank to hang out with against the reeds below the southern banks. A couple of Black-tailed Godwit joined up with 32 Northern Lapwing and a couple of Common Ringed Plover. A fine male Western Marsh Harrier was quartering No.5 tank before edging out towards Frodsham Score. Another bird was seen a little later.

The ‘phalarope pool’ was unusually quiet with a presumbed injured Black-tailed Godwit as seen on previous visits. Family parties of Northern Lapwing, Mallard and Eurasian Coot.

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A juvenile Smooth Newt was keen to cross the gravel path ahead of us, but not before I got a photo. Butterflies were numberous with plenty of Small Tortoiseshell, tatty Painted Lady’s, Red Admiral and Meadow Brown.

Observers: JS & WSM (images 3 & 5).