17.08.19. Birdlog.

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An early morning walk along the River Weaver and Manchester Ship Canal followed by a walk around No. tank.

There were c300 Canada Goose on the river with Tufted Duck, Mallard, Gadwall and Eurasian Teal. A flock of c80 Common Swift were high up over the river with Barn Swallow, House and Sand Martin were also hawking the embankment and fields.

A flock of 30 Great Cormorant flew down the river and c50 Common Redshank and a handful of Black-tailed Godwit were at the rivers edge with 3 Common Sandpiper were noted.

Out on the Mersey estuary was a gaggle of c200 Common Shelduck drifting along the channel on the out going tide with more on the sand banks, also Eurasian Curlew, more Black-tailed Godwit and Northern Lapwing.

There were 7 Great Crested Grebe on the ship canal and a flock of 150 Black-tailed Godwit flew over head towards No.6.

On the Canal Pools a couple of Carp were feeding on the surface with just a few Moorhen and Eurasian Coot were present.

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A couple of Greenshank passed over my head and dropped onto a scrape on No.3 tank where they stayed feeding as I passed by. The ‘phalarope pool’ had Canada Goose, 8 Gadwall and 2 Black-tailed Godwit resting.

A charm of c200 European Goldfinch were feeding on the thistle heads seeds with a smaller number of Linnet feeding alongside them.

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On to Lordship Lane a flock of c30 Common Snipe dropped in to a flooded area to join a Green Sandpiper which was already feeding there.

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No.6 tank had c500 Black-tailed Godwit and Common Redshank huddled in the shallow water. Ducks included Northern Shoveler, Eurasian Teal, Mallard, Common Shelduck and Tufted Duck were all present and the Black-necked Grebe was again with a group of Little Grebe.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-6).

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I made a visit after my Saturday work session was over and immediately made the pilgrimage to No.6 tank for a fix of birding. The Black-tailed Godwit flock had increased to 830 birds with c500 Northern Lapwing, 4 juvenile Ruff, 7 Dunlin and 23 Common Redshank.

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Looking through the ducks that were dabbling within the godwits revealed a juvenile Garganey keeping its distance from the main body of Eurasian Teal. The Black-necked Grebe was performing well riding the choppy waters at the eastern side of the tank.

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Butterflies were much in evidence with Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood and Small White’s being obvious. Several Black-tailed Chaser, Ruddy Darters and Migrant Hawker added some slight diversion.

Observer: WSM (images and videos 7-11).

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