29.10.17. Birdlog

Arriving early this morning there were 2 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush and a few Redwing along Moorditch lane.

The drake Green-winged Teal was still on No.6 tank along with 17 Common Pochard, 37 Tufted Duck, 69 Pintail, 4 Ruff, 65 Great Black-backed Gull and the usual ducks.

A Merlin flew over No.4 tank and 140 Pink-footed Goose flew down to the Mersey estuary where a Common Sandpiper resided.

There were 9 Stonechat and 3 Cetti’s Warbler singing across the Marsh and an immature Marsh Harrier was seen occasionally.

Observer: Alyn Chambers (image 1).

Stepping out this afternoon and repeating the same route as yesterday. The duck numbers were down but there were still plenty to see with Common Teal, Wigeon, Mallard. Common Pochard, Common Shelduck and Gadwall were all duly noted.

A Marsh Harrier was seen hunting over the reed bed while a flock of several thousand Starling were forced to stream overhead and make their way out to the salt marsh to feed. There were 3 Stonechat on No.3 tank with another 3 along Lordship Lane.

On the Manchester Ship Canal were 5 Great Crested Grebe and 2 Great White Egret stately patrolling the salt marshes with 5 Little Egret.

There were 8 Mute Swan on the stubble field alongside the Holpool Gutter with a small mixed flock of Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew and 38 Ruff.

Goldfinch and Linnet were numerous along the way with smaller numbers of Chaffinch feeding with them.

Other raptors include 3 Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk kept an eye on the finch flock movements. Several Common Buzzard were likewise roaming the area.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images 2-3).