28.12.18. Birdlog.

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I was out and about round No.6 tank for a walk as far as the Holpool Gutter this morning. As usual there was plenty of Common Teal but not much else apart from a dozen Shoveler.

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The Raven hoard were still feasting on the dead sheep mutton laying on No.3 where 4 Common Snipe wading in the shallow waters.

An opportunistic Sparrowhawk snatched a Goldfinch out of the charm bracelet of finches. Other raptors namely, 3 Common Buzzard were sat on the fence posts bordering No.3 an old disused sludge tank.

Along the Manchester Ship Canal path and a look over Frodsham Score salt marsh where a few thousand Canada Goose were grazing with the mixed plover flocks resting nearby.

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A single Great Crested Grebe and 15 Tufted Duck were on the ship canal. A look through the Mute Swan herd alongside the Holpool Gutter fields included 28 with the four Russian White-fronted Goose back grazing alongside the swans.

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Walking back along the path between No.6 and No.4 and a Brambling popped out of the Chaffinch flock, which held several Reed Buntings.

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The Whooper Swan herd has moved a couple of fields towards Rake Lane and are a great daily addition to birding on these marshes.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.