08.12.18. Birdlog.

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Out this morning around both No.6 and No.4 tanks. There were c100 Canada Goose which left the water when sun dawned over No.6 tank causing c20 Wigeon and a flock of Great Black-backed Gull with them leaving many Common Teal, Mallard and Shoveler on the water. There were also 6 Common Shelduck feeding in the margins of the water vegetation alongside several Common Snipe.

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A large flock of Canada Goose were grazing on No.3 with c130 Pink-footed Goose.

Raven were enjoying the windy conditions with several rolling in the wind over the draughty banks. There were numerous flocks of Linnet, Goldfinch and Chaffinch stripping the seeds of the weed heads on No.3 and were targeted by a Sparrowhawk which this time left, hungry.

A Great Crested Grebe and a dozen Tufted Duck were on the Manchester Ship Canal and a Stonechat was perched on the bank nearby.

Over on the Frodsham Score salt marsh and the plover flocks were their usual nervous selves with hundreds taking to the air and settling down before going back up in the air again. Many more Canada Goose were grazing on the marshes and a skein of c200 Pink-footed Goose dropped in to join them. A couple of Great White Egret were seen in the far distance on Ince salt marsh .

There were also 20 Mute Swan and 8 Greylag Goose in the fields along the Holpool Gutter with a small flock of Lapwing and Curlew were most of the plovers were now on the salt marsh.

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A look over Lordship Marsh revealed the Whooper Swan herd which could be seen in the distance but, no sign of the recent Cattle Egret. A flock of Stock Dove flew over No.4 and a Great Spotted Woodpecker was seen making its undulating flight across No.6.

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Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-4).

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There were Redwing, Fieldfare and Blackbird along Brook Furlong and a couple of Brown Hare in fields nearby, a pair of Stonechat on the fence by No.1 plus a small flock of Linnet added to my watch.

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There was a Lapwing in the reed bed field near to Marsh Farm and 3 Curlew next to the farm. Lordship lane had more Redwing and Fieldfare and the Hoverforce field had a hunting Barn owl, there were a few Kestrel about too.

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Observer: Paul Crawley (images 5-11).

Just an additional note regarding a moulting Black-headed Gull aquiring its summer ‘hood’ with a bird on the bating lake at Park Road, Runcorn and the Nordic Jackdaw still present for its forth year at this location.

Plus a Hoverfly spp suuning itself for the brief perio it was sunny this morning on Runcorn Hill per WSM (and images).