10.09.16. Birdlog

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There were bigger numbers of ducks out on No.6 tank this evening. A wide variety of species included 230 Common Teal, 168 Shoveler, 2 Pintail, 12 Wigeon, 34 Common Shelduck, 4 Common Pochard and 128 Tufted Duck. Also present were 11 Mute Swan, 24 Coot and 21 Little Grebe with parents still feeding small fish to their ever hungry young. The only waders present were 18 Ruff on the oozy mud.

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img_7754A juvenile Marsh Harrier was hunting the banks along No.6 tank while the Peregrine was sat on the blue-topped chimney.

The mitigation on No.3 tank was as usual birdless apart from 6 Common Teal, 6 Yellow Wagtail and a single Wheatear.

The pipes across No1 tank had another Wheatear.

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Observers: Mark (Whipper) Gibson, WSM (images 1-4 & 8-10).

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06-09-16-view-from-easyjet-of-frodsham-marsh-findlay-wilde-106-09-16-view-from-easyjet-of-frodsham-marsh-findlay-wilde-3Thanks to Findlay Wilde (images 5-7) for his images of the Mersey estuary and Frodsham Marsh from his holiday flight.

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10-09-16-plane-from-marsh-farm-frodsham-marsh-bill-morton-110-09-16-plane-from-marsh-farm-frodsham-marsh-bill-morton-2There were a couple of overshoots from the Southport airshow with a Typhoon circling the Mersey estuary followed soon after by a Lancaster Bomber.