03.11.19. Birdlog.

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I was out this morning starting at Brook Furlong Lane where Redwing, Blackbird, Song Thrush and a few Fieldfare were feasting on the hawthorn berries. Several Raven were resting on the pylons alongside a flock of Eurasian Starling and a Cetti’s Warbler was heard near the old bird log.

Several skeins of Pink-footed Goose passed overhead on their way to the Mersey estuary with one skein turned-tail due to shooting in the area.

A pair of Stonechat were near Marsh Farm and 6 Great Crested Grebe were on the Manchester Ship Canal as were 4 Little Grebe. A Raven was feeding on a sheep carcass which had fallen into the water and was watched over by 2 Great Black-backed Gull (nothing is wasted in nature).

TheĀ  Canal Pools held the usual ducks with Eurasian Coot, a single Great Crested Grebe and a pair of Little Grebe, c30 Common snipe were moving between the pools and scrapes on No.3 tank.

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Another pair of Stonechat were near the ‘phalarope pool’ and a Marsh Harrier flew on to No.6 tank.

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Reed Bunting and Meadow Pipit were commonplace during my walk and a Little Egret was feeding in the stubble field along Lordship Lane.

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Further out on Lordship Marsh the Whooper Swan family were feeding close to the M56.

On my way past Stanlow a Peregrine was observed hunting the Feral Pigeon flocks.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images 2-4).

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During the late morning and afternoon we walk the circumference of No.6 tank starting along Moorditch Lane which produced a Kingfisher flying along the main ditch. The flooded maize fields on Lordship Marsh were pretty devoid of life, but further out close to the motorway a flock of Eurasian Curlew were bubbling away and a large mixed flock of Carrion Cow and Rook were feasting on the insects that were in the water. A Migrant Hawker was a slight surprise along the lane.

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No.6 tank had a much reduced amount of duck with c400 Eurasian Teal, 43 Northern Shoveler and 8 Northern Pintail. Three Marsh Harrier were together over the reedbeds.

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During our trek we counted 5 Cetti’s Warbler at a variety of locations.

The Peregrine was back on the blue topped chimney at Weston Point and several Kestrel were being photogenic back towards our start.

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Observers: JS & WSM (my images made with a steady hand and a smart phone, 1 & 5-9).