18.01.19. Birdlog.

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I was out of work early and with little persuasion I took a walk around No.6 and No.4 tanks. It came as a complete surprise when I arrived to look across No.6 to find with exception of 25 Mallard no Eurasian Teal.

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A herd of Canada Goose were grazing on No.3 with a flock of c70 Wigeon, a mass of Lapwing and Golden Plover hunkering down in the short turf. The first lamb of the year was spotted on the tank with a further 3 on the Manchester Ship Canal path.

A flock of just 9 Shoveler on the ‘Splashing Pool’ and a Little Egret flew overhead. I contined along the canal and several more Mallard and a raft of 34 Tufted Duck with a single Great Crested Grebe in their company.

The Raven were in good numbers over the Frodsham Score with one pair tormenting a Common Buzzard,for the hell of it.

The herd of 24 Mute Swan were alongside the Holpool Gutter while a carpet of Lapwing and Golden Plover could be seen in a field near to the Ince Berth and every one of them took to the air when they spooked by an unseen threat.

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Walking back to No.6 tank and far in the distance a flock of 2000 Starling were heading in the direction of the Holpool Gutter.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.

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