07.12.19. Birdlog.

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I was out this morning with a start at Moorditch Lane where a large flock of Fieldfare and Redwing which were feasting on the hawthorn berries along the lane. Onward to No.6 tank reduced numbers of Northern Shoveler were on the water with 19 Common Pochard similar number of Northern Pintail plus Eurasian Teal, Tufted Duck and Mallard. Common Buzzard and Kestrel were active during my walk and a large female Peregrine hunted over the reed beds. A mass of mostly Northern Lapwing with a few hundred European Golden Plover were in the air over No.3 tank and c300 Pink-footed Goose were grazing with the Canada Goose near to the Canal Pools.

A group of Raven were feeding on the long dead Badger on the track between No. 3 & No.6 with more cleaning up the deadstock elsewhere.

Shooting was taking place on the saltmarshes with just a few Little Egret dotted about and the geese flocks kept on the move.

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Looking over the stubble fields along the Holpool Gutter where more Northern Lapwing were feeding alongside c200 Eurasian Curlew, c30 Black-tailed Godwit and 4 Ruff.

Reed Bunting, Chaffinch, European Goldfinch and Linnet were all noted along Lordship Lane and a male Stonechat was fly-catching from bushes on the No.4 bank.

Looking over Lordship Marsh from the junction of No.4 and No.6 revealed 3 Cattle Egret feeding around the cows laying down and chewing their cud. The Whooper Swan herd were out near the M56 motorway.

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Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-2). Image 3 by WSM.

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