21.09.19. Birdlog.

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The temperate gauge was touching 25 degrees this afternoon and the cooling south-easterly breeze wafting in was much needed.

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No.6 tank was alive with ducks and 1118 Black-tailed Godwit boosted the avian activity on there. A small flock of 5 Ruff were conspicuous but the 30 Common Snipe were either very showy or very not.

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Already mentioned ducks stole the show with 118 Mallard, 12 Gadwall, c800 Eurasian Teal, 14 Northern Pintail, 24 Eurasian Wigeon, 14 Common Shelduck, 77 Northern Shoveler and 30 Eurasian Coot.

A female and juvenile Marsh Harrier flew in for a short period while c12 Common Buzzard and 6 Kestrel were also noted.

Observer and images: WSM.

19.09.19. Birdlog.

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I parked off the marsh and walked in. My first port of call was a amble around No.6 tank in the evening light. A Hobby was flying over the M56 and heading towards the tank.

A late Willow Warbler was foraging along Moorditch Lane and a Kestrel was hunting the bank of No.3 tank. There were good numbers of wildfowl on the water which were made of Mallard, Tufted Duck, Eurasian Teal, Northern Shoveler, Common Shelduck a few Gadwall, plus a couple of Northern Pintail.

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Unfortunately there were no Black-tailed Godwit flock present this evening, but c30 Common Snipe, 2 Greenshank and a Ruff were noted alongside c50 Northern Lapwing.

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The ‘phalarope pool’ supported 2 Mute Swan, c20 Eurasian Teal and 2 Ruff which fed in the shallow waters. A Marsh Harrier flew over No.3 and on to No.6 and the same bird or another was later seen hunting over Lordship Marsh.

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A flock of c60 Mallard flew on to the corn fields to feed on the grain left over after the harvest  and were spooked by a Common Buzzard on a mission.

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Observer: Paul Ralston (all images).

15.09.19. Birdlog.

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I was out this morning starting at Brook Furlong Lane. The sorry sight of a dead Brown Hare on the lane which had no obvious signs of any injuries and was warm to touch was very odd indeed.

Onward to the River Weaver where a pair of Mute Swan and 3 cygnets are new in and a flock of c150 Tufted Duck were noted along with 5 Great Crested Grebe which also on the river and Manchester Ship Canal. A flock of c150 Common Redshank, 6 Black-tailed Godwit and a single Common Sandpiper were at the edge of the river.

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A Common Buzzard was feasting on the carcase of a Canada Goose and a Kestrel was plucking a small bird probably a European Goldfinch.

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A partial leucistic Canada Goose.

Shooting was taking place on the salt marshes so not a lot to see out there today despite the WeBS count being conducted.

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The ‘phalarope pool’ held 6 Ruff, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank,¬† several Gadwall and Eurasian Teal, 2 Common Shelduck and 2 Eurasian Wigeon, 5 more Wigeon passed overhead.

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On No.6 tank were c400 Black-tailed Godwit, c80 Northern Lapwing and c20 Common Redshank were in the shallows with 20 Little Grebe were amongst the Tufted Duck, Eurasian Teal and Common Shelduck being present.

A couple of Marsh Harrier were present briefly before heading out towards the river.

I made my way to Ince for the WeBs count where the pools held 14 Eurasian Coot 5 Moorhen, 4 Tufted Duck, 7 Little Grebe, 13 Eurasian Teal, 9 Mallard, 18 Gadwall, 2 Mute Swan.

The Holpool Gutter and surrounding fields held c120 Canada Goose, 7 Moorhen, 36 Mallard ,3 Eurasian Coot and 5 Eurasian Curlew.

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A Peregrine Falcon with a full crop sat on its tower at the Growhow Works digesting its meal and 3 Mistle Thrush fed nearby.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.

14.09.19. Birdlog.

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An evening visit that was full of late summer sunshine. A look over No.6 tank revealed a flock of c500 Black-tailed Godwit and whilst I was sat down looking across to the godwit throng, I could see there were 3 Ruff and c30 Common Snipe within their numbers.

Duck were very much the main feature with c750 Eurasian Teal, 6 Northern Pintail, 7 Wigeon, 97 Northern Shoveler, 187 Mallard, 12 Tufted Duck, 12 Gadwall, 54 Eurasian Coot, 30 Little Grebe and a single Great Cormorant.

A couple of Marsh Harrier flew through and hundreds of Black-headed Gull were again feasting on the rising insects from the reed bed.

The low-light of my evening watch was the random vandalism created by an half-witted prick or pricks who childishly punched a hole through my car window.

Observer and image: WSM.

Friday 13th Birdlog.

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I had a stroll, due to my aching limbs, down the marsh and all the usual butterflies were about plus a Painted Lady. Dragonflies were everywhere.

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The pipes had nowt apart from a distant female Stonechat.

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No.6 had about 300 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Common Snipe feeding in the open. Small parties of Chiffchaff were also searching for food noisily. Bumped into Jackie and Idris Roberts and later Paul Ralston, not a bad afternoon.

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Observer: Paul Crawley (images 2-4 & 6).

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2 Ruff with a few Black-tailed Godwit, Eurasian Teal, hybrid duck, Northern Shoveler and Gadwall on the ‘phalarope pool’ and a Brown Hare was trying to hide in the short grass along a secluded field.

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A Common Buzzard hovered over the fields while the Marsh Harrier flew over Lordship Marsh. Another Ruff was with the 5 Common Snipe, Northern Lapwing and 700 Black-tailed Godwit No.6.

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Paul Ralston (images 5 & 7 & 9-10), WSM (images 1 & 8) & JS.

11.09.19. Birdlog.

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A brief walk out to No.6 tank after work. I settled down on the bank and watched c900 Black-tailed Godwit in two flocks including many juveniles. Apart from a couple of Common Redshank and 103 Northern Lapwing that was about it for waders. It looks like another autumn with water levels far to high.

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Ducks were enjoying the benefits of the water levels with c400 Eurasian Teal, c100 Northern Shoveler, 5 Eurasian Wigeon, 8 Northern Pintail, 12 Gadwall, 12 Common Shelduck, 50 Mallard and c50 Eurasian Coot.

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There was plenty of House and Sand Martin feeding low over the tank with the occasional Yellow Wagtail rasping overhead.

Observer and images: WSM.

10.09.19. Birdlog.

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I walk along Brook Furlong Lane to Marsh Farm and saw a Common Darter and Migrant Hawker dragonflies. The Butterflies were out in number with Small Tortoiseshell, White’s, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Peacock and Comma but no Painted Ladies?

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There were Common Buzzard, Kestrel and Eurasian Sparrowhawk noted. The pipes across No.1 tank had 2 female Northern Wheatear with Raven and European Goldfinch were about.

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Not a bad afternoon and the only remaining Cleg fly bit me.

Observer, video and images: Paul Crawley.