13.01.19. Birdlog.

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I started my walk at Ince this morning with the pools holding a good amount of wildfowl including Shoveler, Mallard, Gadwall, Eurasian Teal being present with 2 Little Grebe and 3 Little Egret.

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I continued on to the Manchester Ship Canal path with more Mallard, Eurasian Teal, Tufted Duck and Gadwall were on the black waters of the ship canal. There were again masses of Lapwing and Golden Plover which were spooked by a female Peregrine on the prowl and was later joined up by a male over the GrowHow Works.

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A Great Egret (header image hiding amidst the Lapwing flock) and several Little Egret were out on the Mersey salt marshes. The fields alongside Holpool Gutter had the wintering herd of 21 Mute swan but no sign of the recent 4 White-fronted Goose.

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A flock of c50 Curlew passed overhead with a single Black-tailed Godwit.

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My walk continued along Rake Lane where I was hoping to view the Whooper Swan herd but I unsuccessful and they may have been hidden from view behind the hedges?

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Eventually I was back at Ince and was greeted by the sighting of a Hen Harrier flying over one of the pools judging by its small size it may have been an immature male?

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.

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