03.03.19. Birdlog.

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A flock of Fieldfare were on the lane at Ince this morning and a Sparrowhawk was hedgehopping in its attempt to outwit the finch flocks there.

The ponds were quiet with just a few Mallard, Eurasian Teal, Gadwall and a single Common Shelduck, and a Mute Swan which left to join the herd by the Holpool Gutter.

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A good-sized flock of 20 Little Egret were in the field alongside the berth was a surprise, but they may have roosted in the nearby trees?

There were again more ducks on the Manchester Ship Canal with a raft of 38 Tufted Duck, Mallard, Gadwall, 3 Great Crested and 2 Little Grebe were present.

The Mute Swan herd numbered 28 with 6 Greylag Goose and c40 Curlew.

There was 6 Northern Shoveler on the ‘Splashing Pool’ and a large flock of Canada Goose with a Greylag and its white mate grazing on No.3 tank.

A single Marsh Harrier was sat in her tree on a sludge tank.

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My walk continued to view the 26 Whooper Swan herd on Lordship Marsh with c80 Pink-footed Goose grazing nearby before heading out to the Mersey estuary. I was pleasantly surprised to find a Merlin perched up on a hedgerow adjacent to the blue slurry tank.

The sorry sight of a Brown Hare laying dead on Lordship Lane and was quickly recycled by the crows and Magpie which are doing what corvids do best and that is cleaning up after us.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.