24.03.19. Birdlog & Eastern Jackdaw.

I started my BTO WeBS count with a walk at Ince where the pools held reduced numbers of Mallard, Eurasian Teal, Gadwall, Tufted Duck, 2 Little Egret, a single Little Grebe and a drake Northern Shoveler. A flock of 30 over flying Black-tailed Godwit passed overhead heading out to the Mersey estuary.

On to the Manchester Ship Canal path and a look over the Frodsham Score salt marsh, a raft of 28 Tufted Duck were on the waters of the canal with several Gadwall, Mallard and Eurasian Teal. Out on the score marsh were 5 Whooper Swan still grazing in the same area as yesterday alongside many Canada Goose, Greylag and Pink-footed Goose. Several Little Egret and Grey Heron were feeding as the tide came in and a the beast (Ruddy Shelduck X Common Shelduck) from the darkside of the river paid a visit with some Common Shelduck on the tide rise.

There were 36 Mute Swan in their usual field on Ince marsh fields and a Peregrine passed overhead out to the salt marsh but turned back when confronted by 3 brutish Raven.

The ringtail Hen Harrier was again hunting over No.6 tank then flipped over the bank and disappeared over Lordship Marsh. Three Ring Plover were again on the cleared area.

A Peacock Butterfly was out in the warm sheltered side of the marsh.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-4).

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A walk through Tatton Park today revealed singing Chiffchaff but perhaps the highlight was a Nordic type Jackdaw frequenting the east end of Melchet Mere. This is the second time I have come across this bird, the previous encounter being last year.

Observer: WSM (Images 5-8).

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