08.07.21. Birdlog.

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An early morning walk along by the Manchester Ship Canal and River Weaver then around  No.6 tank. There were Willow Warbler and Blackcap seen and heard along Brook Furlong lane and a pair of European Stonechat seen along Alder Lane. 

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A ship making its way west along the ship canal flushed the first of a dozen or more Common Sandpiper and were seen along the canal and river. Several Eurasian Oystercatcher and Common Redshank were on the river bank with 4 Common Ringed Plover and a single Dunlin being noted.

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Onward to No.6 where another Common Sandpiper and a Little Ringed Plover were amongst the small flock of Black-tailed Godwit. 3 Juvenile Western Marsh Harrier and a female were in the air together, and a male was later seen over the marsh. Western Reed Warbler and Cetti’s Warbler were vocal along my walk with several juvenile Common Whitethroat were foraging amongst the vegetation.

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The Common Kestrel brood were hanging around the nest site with 3 of them sat on the manure pile.

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Observer: Paul Ralston (images).