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An after work visit to the marshes in a brisk cold north-westerly. The light in these cloudy evenings isn’t the best but a few birds were present on No.6 tank and thus kept the chill at bay. The first returning (3) Pintail of the autumn were late to the party, rather late than never. A small flock of Mallard always act as a decoy species and the Common Teal (104) duly obliged.

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140 Lapwing faced into the wind and 6 Ruff were pretty much roaming at will around the water’s edge and 3 Common Snipe flew around dislodging a Green Sandpiper on their way. The only Black-tailed Godwit available for comment was a worn adult which spent most of its time asleep. The usual pre-roost gathering of Common and Black-headed Gull were joined by a juvenile/1st winter Lesser Black-backed Gull. Passerines were represented by Pied Wagatil and tens of Meadow Pipit which were moving through.

The ever-present Peregrine was sat on top of the blue chimney above Ineos Chlor (disused) power plant at Weston Point and c30 Raven were enjoying the benefits that only an up draught from the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal can provide.

Observer and images: WSM.