06.10.19. Birdlog.

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It was a wet morning around No.6 tank where c500 Black-tailed Godwit flocked together in the shallow water and c200 left for the Mersey estuary when they were spooked by a Common Buzzard.

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A small flock of 6 Ruff, c20 Common Redshank, a dozen or more Common Snipe and a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper foraged in the vegetation together. The herds of Canada Goose were leaving the tank as I approached along Moorditch Lane and several hundred were still on the tank but left soon after my arrival.

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There were Mallard, Eurasian Teal, Northern Shoveler were numerous with smaller numbers of Gadwall, Common Shelduck and Northern Pintail.

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A couple of Mute Swan 4 Gadwall, 4 Northern Shoveler and the usual Eurasian Coot and Moorhen were on the ‘phalarope pool’ while c80 Mallard, 15 Gadwall and a few Northern Shoveler were on the ‘splashing pool.

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A flock of c60 Eurasian Curlew were feeding in a field along Lordship Lane and 2 Kestrel were hunting the bank while a Eurasian Sparrowhawk targeted a European Starling flock feeding in the stubble fields.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.

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