13 & 14.12.18. Birdlog.

13.12.18. Birdlog.

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2 Bewick’s Swan (ads) with the Whooper Swan herd on Lordship Marsh. Also of perhaps of interest a Brambling with c80 Chaffinch & 20 Goldfinch by Weaver Lane.

Observer: Dan Haywood.

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14.12.18. Birdlog.

A day off and a couple of hours along the River Weaver and then the Manchester Ship Canal this morning. Redwing and Fieldfare were busy stripping the berries off the hawthorn hedgerows alongside Brook Furlong Lane. A Sparrowhawk shot across the lane snatching a unsuspeting Redwing without the rest of the gorging flock even noticing.

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Onward to the River Weaver and Common Teal joined up with Tufted Duck and Mallard which were in good numbers with a few Common Shelduck being noted. More water birds included 7 Great Crested and 5 Little Grebe were on the river and ship canal. A wintering Common Sandpiper and 2 Redshank were on the bank and 5 Mute Swan close into the bank. A tug boat made its way down the canal flushing a Red-breasted Merganser on its way. There were a couple of Raven and several Carrion Crow with Magpie waiting their turn inline to feast on yet another dead sheep carcase near to Marsh Farm. A mass of Lapwing and several hundred Golden Plover were feeding on the fields of No.2 tank rose in the air when a Common Buzzard passed overhead.

The Cattle Egret has now relocated to No.1 tank and landed on the road leading to one of the wind turbines while a pair of Stonechat which sat on the fence nearby.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.

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A quick drive down to the marsh today to try and find the 2 Bewick’s Swan that were reported on 13th, I decided to stay on Lordship Lane and work my way along the track where good numbers of Redwing and Fieldfare were seen. There were good numbers of Goldfinch, Curlew and Lapwing. I soon found the Whooper Swan flock, 5 in total with a pair of Mute Swan but no alas Bewick’s!! Much closer to the M56 motorway there was a large flock of Pink-footed Goose but couldn’t get a proper view. Further along I also saw the Mute Swan and Greylag Goose flock and then even further found that Lordship Lane is now blocked off by Peel!! Despite this I had a fantastic hour or so just being in the outdoors.

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Observer: Guy Groves.