23.09.16. Birdlog

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I took a stroll along the River Weaver to its junction with the Manchester Ship Canal at the Weaver Estuary this evening. A few of the regular Common Teal, Mallard, Tufted Duck and a Pintail were on the river but not in any big numbers. Several Great Crested and Little Grebe were present with a single Common Sandpiper that was altered and flew across the river on my approach. A Kestrel and Common Buzzard were hunting the banks and Raven were on the prowl looking for an easy meal.

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Out on Frodsham Score a large flock of gulls, mostly Great and Lesser Black-backs and Herring were sat on the mud bank and were joined by Curlew and Common Shelduck with 2 Little Egret in the tidal gutters. A flock of both Redshank and Dunlin were moving with the rising tide. Walking back along the river and I chanced upon a very rare visitor to the marshes a Guillemot but unfortunately it was dead at the waters edge.

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Observer and images: Paul Ralston.

A Great White Egret was spotted on Frodsham Score from the Hale side of the river per Dave Craven.

A Hobby was flying over Weston village this evening before heading to the Weaver Bend.

Observers: Sparky, WSM.

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