05.05.19. Birdlog.

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My morning jaunt this morning started at Ince where looking across the pools revealed just a few Mallard and a pair of Tufted Duck, 2 pairs of Little Grebe, a pair of Gadwall and several Coot and Moorhen pairs.

Both Reed and Sedge Warbler were seen and heard and a Cetti’s Warbler added to the chorus at Ince berth.

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Nearby Common Shelduck, Tufted Duck, Mallard and Gadwall were all on the Manchester Ship Canal with a single Great Crested Grebe being noted. A dozen Mute Swan were out on the Frodsham Score salt marsh and a lone Little Egret fished in the tidal channels.

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A female Northern Wheatear was sat on the far bank of the ship canal and Common Whitethroat seemed to be singing from every bush.

A group of Great Black-backed Gull were on the lookout for wandering goslings straying too far from their parents gaze, while the Raven were busy feasting on the salt marsh mutton.

On to No.6 tank the Marsh Harrier with its Maltese moult and broken leg flew over the reed bed. Common Swift have now arrived on mass with over 100 hunting over the reeds alongside both Barn Swallow and Sand Martin.

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The Avocet and Black-tailed Godwit were on the scrapes and the Coot have had their first clutch on display. Further flocks of c200 Black-tailed Godwit fed on the edge of the water on No.6 tank, with good numbers of Common Shelduck, Tufted Duck and 4 Mute Swan.

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More Common Whitethroat, Reed and Sedge Warbler were noted on my walk back along Lordship Lane and a clutch of Mallard chicks were in the ditch.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images).

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