10.03.19. Birdlog.

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I started my walk at Moorditch Lane this morning where a Chiffchaff could be heard calling above the din of the M56 traffic. A flock of Chaffinch were feeding in the bushes along the lane also. No.6 tank had Eurasian Teal, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Tufted Duck and Common Shelduck were all present in reduced numbers on the flooded water .of this sludge tank.

Both Raven and Great Black-backed Gull were all scavenging on No.3 while Common Buzzard and Kestrel were hunting in the area.

A single Marsh Harrier was sat in its usual place in the reed bed of No.6.

A flock of c300 Golden Plover left the Frodsham Score salt marsh and gained height and headed east along the Manchester Ship Canal, and c80 Black-tailed Godwit dropped on to the marsh and joined a flock of Curlew already feeding there.

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There was 40 swans alongside the Holpool Gutter and included 32 Mute and 8 Whooper Swan with 8 Greylag Goose and the long staying and 2 field dwelling Great Egret.

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A flock of c100 Curlew and c40 Black-tailed Godwit were spooked by a Peregrine circling overhead.

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Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-5).

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Above a couple of images and a video by WSM of the proposed sand work development on No.6 tank. It is assumed that work will not commence until after the breeding season?

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