21.10.19. Birdlog.

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The evenings are drawing in and the opportunities to pop out to the marsh are slowly dwindling. I made the effort and watched the tank from its southern banks and was soon joined by Paul Ralston who had the same idea after his days work.

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We both watched a gathering of 350 Eurasian Teal, 16 Northern Pintail, 120 Northern Shoveler, 21 Common Shelduck, 46 Mallard and 3 Eurasian Wigeon. A Marsh Harrier was quartering the reed bed while 6 Grey Heron were moving about the area. A few Northern Lapwing joined 2 Green Sandpiper and a dozing Common Greenshank on the only exposed muddy margins of the flood.

A couple of skeins of Pink-footed Goose were flying in from the east and the south to spend the evening on Frodsham Score.

The movement of Raven leaving the saltmarshes for the evening were quite low.

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A fine sunset drew the watch to a close.

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Observers: Paul Ralston, Joe from Chester (images 6-7) & WSM (images1-5).

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