12.11.19. Birdlog.

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A walk along Moorditch Lane produced a Little Egret feeding in the flooded stubble field alongside the congested eastbound traffic on the M56. Walking along the track between No.5 & 6 tanks had little of note, but later Dave Fitzgerald found a Firecrest┬áin the vegetated scrub. A couple of Cetti’s Warbler were calling from the reed beds.

The flooded No.6 tank had 12 Little Grebe, 11 Mute Swan, 114 Northern Shoveler and c450 Eurasian Teal.

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The strong winds encouraged some aerial performances from 3 immature and 3 adult female Marsh Harrier and all these were still present at dusk.

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A dead Badger in the centre of the track between No.6 & 3 tanks got me to raise an eyebrow to its demise. This track experiences very little traffic, and the badger is highly unlikely to have met its end due to a strike by a vehicle?

A look across a windy tear jerking Frodsham Score produced 7 Little and 4 Great Egret, c900 Canada Goose, 7 Egyptian Goose and a Peregrine.

The flooded fields on Lordship Marsh have taken a battering with water over the last couple of years, but are excellent for birds with 7 Whooper Swan, c200 Eurasian Curlew, c250 Black-tailed Godwit and another two Little Egret. Four miserly Pink-footed Goose heading out to the Mersey estuary were odd in that their numbers were very low today.

Observer and images: WSM.