15.10.18. Birdlog.

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A day off and a walk out to look across Frodsham Score salt marsh.

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The heavy rains of the weekend helped to replenish the water table on No.6 tank. The area of water which has extended help to encourage the build up of c530 Common Teal back for the autumn. There were 27 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 21 Shoveler, 5 Pintail and 7 Wigeon.

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A Water Rail was squealing from the reed bed at the ‘Secluded Pool’.

The ‘Splashing Pool’ had a further 19 Shoveler and a small number of Mallard.

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After a long walk we settled on the banks looking north across the salt marsh where several hundred Canada Goose were grazing. A skein of Pink-footed Goose flew in and circled the area for a while before settling on the distant river edge. There were 9 Little Egret and 3 Great White Egret were far out on the marsh or tidal gutters.

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A Peregrine was sheltering beneath the lip of the blue topped chimney and Common Buzzard, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk were about the marsh.

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Wildlife highlights included a sentinel standing Stoat who was standing on it hunches and a couple of late butterflies with a tatty Small Copper and a Small Tortoiseshell.

Observers: Sparky & WSM (images).

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