17.02.19. Birdlog.

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I spent the last couple of hours of daylight at the Ince end of the marshes. A few hundred Black-headed Gull were feeding in the fields near by the clay shooting range and included one in full summer plumage, also in the field were c30 Pied Wagtail.

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The pools held Mallard, Eurasian Teal, Gadwall, a single drake Wigeon, Little Grebe and a Little Egret.

On to the Manchester Ship Canal and a raft of c80 Coot with more Mallard, Eurasian Teal and a Great Crested Grebe.

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A Peregrine passed overhead and spooked a flock of Curlew from their field alongside the Holpool Gutter. The swan herd was spread out across the field with 5 Greylag Goose and a Great Egret for company.

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A Marsh Harrier was seen perched up on No.4 tank but later made its way to roost on No.6, in flight the tatty wing and trailing right leg were very obvious as mentioned in previous posts.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-5).

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I only managed a brief hour after work but in that short period it still amassed a great number of birds. The highlights were 3 Marsh Harrier circling over the reed beds despite two off-road scramblers tearing around inside the sludge tank. A flock of c350 Eurasian Teal and smaller count of Northern Shoveler were about on the eastern side.

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The Raven push south included a flock of 22 out of c100 birds that I counted, but there were many more moving as I left early.

The Peregrine was sat on the blue topped chimney and a pair of juvenile Common Buzzard were sat along the fence line on No.5 tank.

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Observer: WSM (images 6-11 & videos).

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After I left early Duncan Cowley emerged and secured some great Short-eared Owl images.