13.10.18. Birdlog.

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I was out this wet and windy morning around No.6 and No.4 sludge tanks, the former still in use while the other is a base for wind turbines and reed beds.

A flock of c200 Lapwing took to the air with just 6 Common Snipe with them for company. There was a good number of Common Teal on the waters of No.6 with a few Mallard, 6 Common Shelduck and Tufted Duck. A camouflaged tent bizarrely drifted around the flooded tank and kept the birds, particularly the similarly camo dressed Common Snipe on alert.

The ‘Secluded Pool’ had more Common Teal and a single Black-tailed Godwit with 2 more Common Snipe. On to the ‘Splashing Pool’ which held c30 Shoveler and a few Mallard.

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Out on the Frodsham Score salt marsh were 8 Little and 2 Great White Egret feeding and resting in the tidal channels, while another 2 Little’s were fighting over their respective fishing rights. There were three skeins of Pink-footed Goose seen to leave the edge of the River Mersey and fly inland over the Manchester Ship Canal.

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The fields alongside the Holpool Gutter held hundreds of Lapwing and c 200 Golden Plover, 6 Black-tailed Godwit and several Curlew.

Along Lordship Lane there were more Lapwing and Black-headed Gull feeding on the crop fields and a party of Reed Bunting were in the black thorn bushes at the junction of No.4 and 6 tanks.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.