01.01.19. Birdlog.

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A quick visit this morning and a look over the salt marsh from Ince Berth. A Great Egret and several Little Egret were about the out marsh with c2000 Canada Goose grazing on the short grass.

The 4 (Eurasian) White-fronted Goose made it into the new year within their usual field alongside the Holpool Gutter with a few Greylags, 17 Mute and a solitary Whooper Swan. Another Whooper flew over heading towards Lordship Marsh to join the already present (but hiding) herd close to Hillview Farm.

Several skeins of Pink-footed Geese were leaving the salt marshes to head inland.

A total of 3 Stonechat could be found on No.4 tank.

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No.6 tank continue to hold onto hundreds of Eurasian Teal with (80 Pintail a very high number for here and reported by another birder) c50 Shoveler and 4 Wigeon.

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Observers: Paul Ralston, JS & WSM (images 1-6 & video).

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It was very busy down the marsh today with more birders etc. than I have seen for a long while. Not much in the way of birds, although your wish for a quick end for the rabbit worked as it was dead and being recycled by a Raven and Magpie as I drove up to the old log.

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I had a single Fieldfare by the farm and a Stonechat by the horse paddock, a Kestrel was hunting over the south bank of No.6 as were 2 Marsh Harrier.

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Observer: Paul Crawley (images 7-9).

A ringtail Hen Harrier were seen over Ince salt marsh from the Hale side of the Mersey estuary per Dave Craven.