14.12.19. Birdlog.

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A short walk along Brook Furlong Lane and down to the River Weaver this morning. A Eurasian Jay was seen flying cross the lane and was followed by a flock of winter thrushes. Both Common Buzzard and Common Kestrel were active during my walk.

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Along the river were c200 Canada Goose, 19 Mute Swan in decent numbers, likewise, were Eurasian Teal, Tufted Duck, Mallard and c40 Common Redshank were noted. The Mute’s were flushed by a passing container ship the Matlese ‘Black Star’ being guided along the Manchester Ship Canal by 2 tugs. One particular swan refused to be bullied by the water vessels and stayed on the water.

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A female Stonechat was by the shooters’ berth and the plover flock was again in the air every so oftern, living on their nerves and nervous enough to be flushed at any sign of danger.

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A couple of Brown Hare were seen leaving a field at an undisclosed site to hide in the rough vegetation.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.