05.02.18. Birdlog.

I had a spare couple of hours this afternoon so I walked around tanks 6 & 4.  Counting crows feasting off a dead sheep carcass included Raven, Carrion Crow and Magpie were ganging up to share the spoils on No.5 tank. A couple of Common Buzzard sat by on the fence waiting their turn.

There were more Raven competing with Great Black-backed Gull, both again feasting on the bounty left by the high tide on the salt marshes.

Ducks were again present on No.6 with Mallard, Shoveler, Common Teal, Common Pochard and Common Shelduck with a pair of Mute Swan adding to the scene.

A fine male Kestrel was sat in a tree along the track while another one hunted nearby. There was a  pair of Stonechat  on the Manchester Ship Canal and a Common Snipe rose from a small reedy pool as I walked close by.

A herd of 35 Mute Swan and 7 Greylag Goose were alongside the Holpool Gutter and nearby a male Merlin was perched on a flat-topped hedge watching a feeding flock of Starling.

Out on the salt marsh were Lapwing and Golden Plover being their usual nervous selves and several Little Egret and a single Great White Egret were feeding amid the Canada Goose herd busy mowing the short salt marsh grass.

A feature of this winter is the skeins of Pink-footed Goose that continue to flight in during the day and several flew over to Lordship Marsh then turned back to the estuary.

Another pair of Stonechat were on No.4 and a flock of Curlew passed overhead on the way to their to the Score.

The Whooper Swan herd of 13 could be seen on Lordship Marsh near to the M56.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.

I managed to see the Whooper Swan herd close to the blue slurry tank from our west bound moving car along the M56 this morning. Driving east bound at dusk a Great White Egret was feeding in a flooded field just west of junction 14 also on the same motorway (presumably the bird PC had yesterday as it flew over No.6 tank?)

Observer: WSM.

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