27.10.19. Birdlog.

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I was out around No.6 and 4 tanks this morning where I spotted c450 Black-tailed Godwit were resting in the shallow water of No.6 with Eurasian Teal, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Common Shelduck and Northern Pintail and a single Common Redshank being noted. Common Buzzard and Kestrel were numerous and a Sparrowhawk was hunting the finch flocks.

Further out on Frodsham Score saltmarsh were just a few thousand Canada Goose which took to the air as 2 wildfowlers made their way back from the river. Several Little Egret were dotted about the marsh and a large flock of Northern Lapwing and Eurasian Starling were on the alert as a Peregrine cruised by.

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A pair of Stonechat were on the Manchester Ship Canal path the male was sporting a metal ring. On the canal was a Great Crested Grebe out fishing.

The field alongside the Holpool Gutter held a large flock of Eurasian Curlew and Black-tailed Godwit feeding in the stubble and again were watched over by a Peregrine which was sat on its tower at the Growhow Works.

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Another pair of Stonechat were along Lordship Lane and were joined by Meadow Pipit and Reed Bunting one of which was also wearing a leg ring.

I called in to the pools at Ince on my way home which were quiet apart from a few Eurasian Teal and Little Egret but might have been due to disturbance from off road bikes in the area.

Two Skeins of Pink-footed Goose passed overhead and a leucistic Linnet was sat on top of a bush with several other Linnet. Five Collared Dove made a scarce appearance on to the edge of the marsh.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.

3 thoughts on “27.10.19. Birdlog.

  1. Paul, what bird is in the pic at the top of your report? A partly-leucistic linnet?
    I reported a possible snow bunting about 10 years ago. FD caught up with it soon after and confirmed it as a leucistic linnet! Haha in mitigation, I didn’t have Collins with me and it is a species I am totally unfamiliar with.

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    • It is indeed a partially leucistic Linnet and considering the time which has elapsed since your sighting 10 years ago, it would obviously not be that bird, but perhaps a throw back to the genes of that bird?

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      • Thanks Bill. I don’t know if you use it, but https://www.old-maps.co.uk has some great maps of the Marshes over the years. There is a good pre-Ship Canal 1874 1:2500 of the Marshes. No Ship Canal, no dredging lagoons. It is not wilderness by any means, being parcelled out into small fields,- seasonal pasture- I guess. I have never been able to find out the construction dates of the lagoons, save for a passing mention in Hedley Bell or Boyd. Do you know? 5 seems to be about ’69. 4 must be ’48 or earlier.

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