28.02.15. Birdlog

28.02.15. Bidlog

A Barnacle Goose was a surprise find on No.3 tank where there were 3 Jackdaw and a Green Sandpiper was on No.5 tank.

Observer: Frank Duff.

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This afternoon we had a few spare hours, me and dad had an opportunity for a quick visit to the marsh.
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We started off at the No.3 (mitigation) tank which held a couple of Pied Wagtail, 5 Common Snipe, a couple of Redshank, as well as at least 20 Common Teal. However at the back of the fields before the Manchester Ship Canal I picked out a largish flock of Canada Geese, a strong herd of about two hundred and fifty birds. The group also contained a couple of hybrid species and also a striking Barnacle Goose.
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Despite it being a low tide, when we arrived, the main tank still held quite a decent number of waders and ducks, with the stand out species including 750 Golden Plover mixed in with about 300 Lapwing, which occasionally got flushed and put on a great display.
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Other waders on the tank,included about 75 Dunlin, a couple of Black-tailed Godwit and at least 12 Redshank.
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The waterfowl life was good, with the water being as high as I’ve seen it on No.6 tank this year. It held at least 400 Common Teal mixed in with a variety of species, including Tufted Duck, 4 Pintail, Mallard, Shoveler and Pochard. As it was just me and dad, there wasn’t too much other company, however we were joined by Phil for a bit who spotted 3 Stonechat out in the reed bed.
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An absolute brilliant hour of birding, and I can’t wait till next time!
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Observers: Findlay & Nigel Wilde, Phil Oddy.
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Image: Nigel Wilde