20.04.19. Birdlog.

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A hot and sweaty hike along the dusty tracks of Frodsham Marsh enjoying time away from work and basking in lovely Spring sunshine.

The ducks of No.6 tank included nearly 100 Common Shelduck with 24 Tufted Duck, 7 Gadwall, 34 Eurasian Teal, 12 Mallard, 2 pairs of nesting Black-headed Gull, 54 Coot, 12 Lapwing, 1 Ruff, 18 Black-headed Gull, a female Marsh Harrier joined up with another. 2 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Avocet and 20 Black-tailed Godwit.

The banks along the way were alive with the sounds of Reed and Sedge Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, 8 Cetti’s Warbler and Swallow.

The mitigation area on No.6 tank had a few of the duck species that was on No.6 tank.

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The ebbing tide on the Mersey estuary had several hundred Common Shelduck with much smaller numbers of Eurasian Teal and a drake Eurasian Wigeon. The only shorebirds of note were 21 Oystercatcher, 70 Redshank, 40 Curlew and 3 Whimbrel. Egrets were low in number but did feature 4 Little and a single Great Egret. A lone Barnacle Goose may have been the bird PR saw yesterday?

Observer and images: WSM.

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