24.12.18. Birdlog.

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I was out around No.6 and No.4 tanks this morning. There were several hundred Common Teal on No.6 with Mallard, Shoveler and Gadwall. Numerous Curlew were passing overhead to feed in the fields along Lordship Lane and a flock of 30 Stock Dove were noted.

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A large flock of Linnet were on the weedy seed heads along with Chaffinch, Reed Bunting and Meadow Pipit finding something with a little more protein.

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A separate charm of Goldfinch chose No.4 to sate their appetite.

I tried hard to locate Whooper Swan herd in the morning fog but only four birds appeared overhead and dropped down on Lordship Marsh in the mist.  A female Sparrowhawk was hedge hopping along Lordship Lane.

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The fields adjacent to the Holpool Gutter had 4 Mute Swan but again no sign of the recent White-fronted Goose flock, but hopefully they will still be in the area. A Kingfisher was seen again speeding along the gutter and typically left a blue flash behind it.

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All was quiet on the Frodsham Score salt marsh and even the plover flocks were settled and not panicking as they normally do. The rest of the 18 Mute Swan herd were on the Manchester Ship Canal 18 but soon made their way back to the fields.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images).

The presumed Nordic Jackdaw continues to be seen on the football fields off Park Road, Runcorn per WSM.