16.06.17. Birdlog

I was out this morning walking along Brook Furlong Lane and down to the River Weaver. The hedgerow was again alive with Willow, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Cetti’s Warbler all being vocal with a Reed Warbler doing its stuff down by the water. On the river there were good numbers of Tufted Duck, Common Shelduck, Gadwall and Mallard were all noted. A pair of Common Shelduck were trying to drive away both a Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gull away from their brood.

On my return back along the lanes I noticed a Brown Hare which made its way along the track. I stood against the hedgerow until it was within a few yards of me and managed a few camera shots.

On my way to No.6 tank there were more of the same wildfowl with the addition of several Common Pochard. A flock of 300-400 Black-tailed Godwit were engaged feeding in the shallows while a pair of Ringed Plover and several Lapwing were close by.

Onward to Lordship Lane and a pair of Oystercatcher were on a bare patch in the crop field and were alarm calling when I passed by. The usual Reed and Sedge Warbler plus Reed Bunting were singing in the ditch. I bumped into Steve O’Connell who is a regular birder on the marsh and he had been watching a ‘reeling’ Grasshopper Warbler on the bank.

Butterflies were out in force with Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Small Tortoiseshell and a Large Skipper.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.

600 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Dunlin, 5 Common Teal and a female Marsh Harrier perched up in the reeds.

Observer: Mark (Whipper) Gibson.

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