13.12.19. Birdlog.

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A long weekend off work and a long walk around the marsh this morning. I started off at Moorditch Lane where smaller numbers of Redwing and Fieldfare were feeding in the bushes and down in the stubble fields.

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I Looked across No.6 tank where Eurasian Teal, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Northern Shoveler, Little Grebe and Eurasian Coot were in reasonable numbers, the hybrid Mallard was still in amongst them.

Raven and a single Great Black-backed Gull were feasting on a deceased sheep carcase on No.3 while 3 Common Buzzard watched from the fence line.

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A mass of Northern Lapwing and European Golden Plover were in panic mode when a Marsh Harrier passed close by and even the Pink-footed Goose herd took to the air and moved out to the Frodsham Score saltmarsh.

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The ‘Splashing Pool’ held more Eurasian Teal, Mallard, Northern Shoveler with the addition of a few Gadwall. Onwards to the Manchester Ship Canal path and a look over the score marshes where hundreds of Canada Goose were grazing on the short grass, with plenty of Common Shelduck dotted about the marsh, and another Marsh Harrier was hunting out by the river. The stubble fields alongside the Holpool Gutter held a few Northern Lapwing and c100 Eurasian Curlew.

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Walking back along Lordship Lane and a look over Lordship Marsh where the 3 Cattle Egret were joined by 7 Little Egret and a few Common Snipe. The Whooper Swan group of 14 moved closer to Lordship Lane and can now be seen from the junction of No.3 and No.6 tanks.

A Kingfisher was again noted in the ditch alongside number No.6.

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Observer and images: Paul Ralston.