16.09.16. Birdlog

16-09-16-peregrine-runcorn-bridge-bill-morton-3 An early dart from work and  visit to the marsh starting as usual at Ince. The new pools near the pig farm held a pair of Grey Wagtail, Common Teal, Gadwall, Mallard and a single Shoveler more pools have been created and could be an asset in the future?

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A Whinchat was at the gates to the Ince Berth and several Chiffchaff were along the canal path. Further out on the salt marsh were a couple of Great White Egret and 4 Little Egret were notable.

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A party of Raven playing in the wind were joined by 2 Peregrine and a game of tag went on for a good 10 minutes, at one point a Marsh Harrier looked like it wanted to join in but thought better of it. Over at the Canal Pools a Mute Swan had 2 cygnet in tow and a Common Snipe fed at the edge while a Wheatear sat on a rock.  Another egret spp flew up from the grass behind the Canal Pools where the cattle were feeding, I thought a possible Cattle Egret but looking at my photographes taken from a long distance I can make out a hint of yellow on its feet.

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The scrape near the ‘Splashing Pool’ held another Common Snipe and a Green Sandpiper. Out on the marsh an odd goose sat with the many Canada’s had of the characteristics of a Heinz 57 Variety Goose.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images 2-4) and the patriotic Peregrine on Runcorn Bridge today by WSM.