09.11.19. Birdlog.

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Another day and another visit with a morning start at Ince.

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A large flock of Black-headed Gull and Eurasian Curlew were feeding in the fields adjacent the pig farm and 2 Little Egret flew overhead. On the lane leading to Ince berth a flock of c40 Chaffinch and c20 Long-tailed Tit were moving along the hedgerow where Reed Bunting were abundant. The pools held c30 Gadwall and similar number of Eurasian Teal, 8 Eurasian Wigeon, several Mallard, Eurasian Coot and Moorhen.

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The field alongside the Holpool Gutter held a mixed flock c700 mostly Northern Lapwing and Golden Plover, but also Black-tailed Godwit and Eurasian Curlew which were spooked by a Common Buzzard. The Black-tailed Godwit flock and Eurasian Curlew soon settled back down but the plovers took a lot longer to settle.

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Out on the Frodsham Score saltmarsh a dozen Little Egret and a single Great Egret were moving around the gullies and a flock of Great Black-backed Gull were resting on the short grass.

Walking alongside No.4 and No.6 tanks and a Western Marsh Harrier, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard and Kestrel were all active over the reed beds, alongside the many Raven scavenging in the area.

Walking back along Lordship Lane and a flock of c70 Pied Wagtail were feeding in a stubble field opposite the GrowHow Works and a Kingfisher zipped across the track back by the pools.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.

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