A Christmas Day Birdlog.

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I took advantage of some time this morning to walk along the track between No.6-5-4 tanks before heading back for the festive binge.

The peeling bell-like sounds of Common Teal were ringing out close to the banks of No.6 tank. I carefully popped my head just above the lip of No.6 sludge tank and managed a count of c400 birds. An additional flock of 24 Shoveler were the only other ducks on the water.

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A Kestrel was unconcerned by my presence on No.5 tank and allowed me enough time to video it.

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A small skein of Pink-footed Goose flew low over No.3 tank but much larger numbers could be seen in the distance over Frodsham Score.

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A large gathering of c40 Raven were enjoying the fringe benefits of a dead sheep and were joined for their Xmas lunch by 4 Great Black-backed Gull and a very possessive Common Buzzard, totally enjoyable watching their avian hierarchy in progress.

A Cetti’s Warbler gave a brief song from the reed beds on No.4 and a distant Great White and Little Egret appeared from the murk on Frodsham Score salt marsh.

My furthest point of my Christmas Day Bird Walk was at the corner of No.6-No.4 where the 25 Whooper Swan herd could just about be discernible through the thick hedgerow close to Hillview Farm on Lordship Marsh.

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Not enough time for the afternoon tide but sometimes you have to give in to kicking off your slingbacks and bins and loosen that belt for the afternoon.

Merry Christmas to all our readers and hopefully you’ll dip in and out of this blog into 2019.

Best wishes.

Bill Morton (observer, videos and image maker).