15.10.17. Birdlog.

Out and about this morning with a walk around No.6 tank taking in the Frodsham Score (from the distance of the canal) and along the path edging the Manchester Ship Canal and the Canal Pools.

Duck numbers were down on yesterday but still held a selection with Common Teal, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Common Shelduck and Gadwall. I had a look over the water from the east bank where a number of Ruff, Redshank and Black-tailed Godwit were busy feeding amongst a flock of Back-headed Gull.

The juvenile Peregrine that had made an unsuccessful attack yesterday made a repeated attempt again today. Its tactic of surprise through blatant flushing, causing panic and then repeat attack strikes at the flock again ended in a fruitless quest.

A Cetti’s Warbler was seen to break cover and sit in a bush for a few seconds before going in to deep cover.

Back along the canal path and a group of Ruff left the salt marsh and flew over No.4.

5 Great Crested Grebe and 6 Mute Swan were on the canal and a Great White Egret was seen way out on the score edge. A number of other species was encountered during my ramble and included: Raven, Common Buzzard, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk.

Observers and images: Paul Ralston.

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