18 & 19. 08.19. Birdlog.

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The Black-necked Grebe was sat out in the middle of the tank with a group of Tufted Duck and Little Grebe. Ducks included an assortment with Eurasian Teal, Northern Shoveler, Mallard and Common Shelduck were all present, and no doubt the Garganey were amongst them but I didn’t manage to pick.

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Several hundred Black-tailed Godwit were in the shallows with more birds dropping in to join them as I walked around the tank. There were Redshank feeding with the Northern Lapwing flock at the edge of the water as were 2 Ruff.

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The mitigation pools held c80 Canada Goose a few Eurasian Teal, Mallard, Gadwall and c30 Black-tailed Godwit. A look over the ‘secluded pool’ which held 4 Little Grebe and a Mute Swan and a Barn Owl was flushed from its roost in a hawthorn bush and dropped in to the silver birches in the reed bed.

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A ship on the Manchester Ship Canal dredger birth and was discharging its load into the sludge pipes which disgourged itself into the tank.

A few lingering Common Swift, Barn Swallow and martins were hawking over the path as I made my way around the track. One of the young Kestrel was surprised by me as it feed on a mouse on the southern ramp and flew off leaving what was left of its meal. A few Common Whitethroat and Chiffchaff were noted feeding in bushes along Lordship Lane.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.

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Highlights from my visit to No.6 tank revealed: Black-necked Grebe, 11 Little Grebe, Ringed Plover, c490 Canada Goose, c950 Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, 3 Ruff, 17 Common Redshank, 12 Common Swift and Yellow Wagtail.

Joe Chester.