08.12.19. Birdlog.


I started at Rake Lane this morning where the Whooper Swan herd of 14 birds could still be seen near Hillview Farm and from the motorwayfootbridge, also in the same field were 2 Little Egret.

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Along the lane and closer to the farm were Fieldfare feeding in the stubble alongside Reed Buntings and Chaffinch, while on Lordship Marsh a Green Sandpiper was flushed from a ditch.

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The 3 Western Cattle Egret and two additional Little Egret were with them.


The stubble fields along the Holpool Gutter held a large flock of Eurasian Curlew and Black-tailed Godwit which were flushed by a Peregrine which moved onto Ince Marsh to hunt the plover flocks there.

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Further out on the saltmarsh were a further 4 more Whooper Swan were present with 15 Little Egret, 7 Egyptian Goose and a single Ruddy Shelduck.


Both Common Buzzard and Raven were competing with each other for the dead spoils left on the saltmarsh and a Common Sandpiper still winters on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal and 2 Llittle and a single Great Crested Grebe.

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Over on No.3 tank were Eurasian Teal, Mallard and Northern Shoveler were on the ‘Splashing Pool’ and c200 Pink-footed Goose were grazing with the Canada Goose flocks.

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Walking back along Lordship Lane and a Kingfisher sped along the ditch while a Eurasian Sparowhawk hunted the finch flocks ending a cracking day on the marshes.

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Observer and images: Paul Ralston.