12.10.19. Birdlog.

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A mixed flock of tits contained at least 1 Goldcrest which together made their way through the bushes and away. A male Stonechat was seen in the reeds along the River Weaver. On the river were decent numbers of Tufted Duck, Eurasian Teal, Mallard, Gadwall and a few Common Shelduck.

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A flock of c300 Common Redshank and c50 Black-tailed Godwit were at the river edge and 2 Common Sandpiper were on the far bank of the Manchester Ship Canal. Raven were numerous through out my walk with many playing in the updraft from the canal banks.

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The ‘phalarope pool’ was quiet with just the resident Eurasian Coot parties and Moorhen until a Green Sandpiper dropped in to join them but moved on a few minutes later.

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At least 50 Raven had gathered on the sand reclamation area on No.6 tank and a Marsh Harrier passed overhead on its way out to the Frodsham Score. I heard a Cetti’s Warbler was heard near the ‘splashing pool’.

A flock of c60 Black-tailed Godwit were circling the stubble fields on Lordship Lane looking for somewhere to feed and yet more Raven were feeding on the stubble.

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A look over No.6 and c1000 Canada Goose, c700 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Common Snipe, a solitary Green Sandpiper and a single Greenshank plus 16 Northern Pintail, 102 Northern Shoveler, 430 Eurasian Teal, 14 Eurasian Coot, 12 Little Grebe, a Ruff and 89 Black-tailed Gull.

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Nosey Cow!

Observers: Paul Ralston (images 1-2 & 5-6) and WSM (images 3-4 & 7).

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