27.12.18. Birdlog.

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My walk to Marsh Farm was pretty uneventful apart from a pair of Stonechat on the pipes that run through No.1 tank. After all that excitement I rallied round and took a hike around the ‘bend’ and the Weaver estuary where 147 Tufted Duck were present on the River Weaver with 12 Common Pochard, 120 Common Teal, 5 Goldeneye (1 drake), 700 Canada Goose, 6 Little and 12 Great Crested Grebe. A Common Sandpiper secreted itself into a big herd of Canada Goose.

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No.6 tank beckoned next but on arrival there was literally nothing to see (a vacant void) after a long wait a flock of 28 Shoveler and 2 Common Shelduck dropped in.

A look across the marshes and in the distance the incoming tide was dislodging the shorebirds from the salt marshes. The impressive swarms of c30,000 Dunlin were again outstanding with c800 Golden Plover and c1000 Lapwing.

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A large skein of c300 Pink-footed Goose headed in from the south and alighted on Frodsham Score.

The Whooper Swan herd continues to winter on the farm fields of Lordship Marsh, per Jacqui & Idris Roberts.

Observer and images: WSM.

A ringtail Hen Harrier was back after a short absence per Ruby Merriman.