01.03.19. Birdlog.

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After I finished work I made the most of the longer daylight with a walk around No.6 and No.4 tanks. Four Marsh Harrier were over No.6 and were joined by 2 Common Buzzard.

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Raven and Great Black-backed Gull were feasting on the dead sheep stock that lay around the marshes.

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Further out on the Frodsham Score where hundreds more Canada Goose and Common Shelduck were joined by c200 Pink-footed Goose and a couple of Little Egret. c40 Golden Plover took to the air as a Sparrowhawk cruised past and targeted a flock of Starling further out on the marsh.

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The Mute Swan herd numbered 35 with 10 Greylag Goose, while a Great Egret lingering in the area.

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A female Merlin sat on one of the flat topped hedges in the same field.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images 2 – 5).

An early dart from work and a walk around No.6 tank before tea.

There was plenty of fresh in ducks to No.6 and its flooded areas with 120 Eurasian Teal, 57 Gadwall, 11 Tufted Duck, 73 Shoveler and 14 Common Shelduck.

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Upwards of 4 Marsh Harrier including the shot winged bird. Kestrel and Common Buzzard made up the rest.

Raven numbers were again in high numbers with an assembled flock of 50 birds tumbling over the banks opposite the ‘Pumping Station’. The pools on No.3 tank were typically below their best but c60 Eurasian Teal, 14 Shoveler and 21 Coot.

Frodsham Score salt marsh had hundreds of Pink-footed Goose with stacks of Canada Goose. It was nice to hear the Golden Plover flocks calling with their evoctive sound. There were just 3 Little Egret sharing the great expanse.

The Raven flocks were again impressive with large numbers moving south to their evening roost sites.

Observers: JS & WSM (images 1 & 6).

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