27.12.19. Birdlog.

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I watched the sunrise at Eastham where 2 fishermen were catching Cod on the rising tide

I started at Brook Furlong Lane this morning where Redwing, Fieldfare, Chaffinch, European Goldfinch and a flock of Long-tailed Tit made their way along the lane. Out on the Weaver Estuary were 6 Common Goldeneye which joined the large flock of Tufted Duck, Common Pochard, Eurasian Teal and Mallard. A flock of c30 Common Redshank were resting with a Northern Lapwing flock at the edge of the river, and 11 Mute Swan were amongst a flock of Canada Goose.

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Hundreds of plovers were in the field close to Marsh Farm and the 3 Cattle Egret were amongst the cattle. A pair of Stonechat were near the pipeline on No.1 tank and the numbers of Raven were numerous all along my walk.

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An injured Great Black-backed Gull had a broken wing and it is assumed it had hit a wind turbine and after it recomposed itself, it walked several hundred yards to join the Raven flock feeding on a dead cow, overlooked by a pair of Common Buzzard sat in a tree.

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The Whooper Swan herd were again near Lordship Lane with 10 Mute’s and the now popular adult Bewick’s Swan and 8 Mute Swan.

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A pair of Kestrel were perched alongside each other along Moorditch Lane. .

Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-9).

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Another day and another visit made down to the marshes. A look over No.6 tank produced c10 Common Pochard, 2 Common Goldeneye, 320 Eurasian Teal, 12 Northern Pintail and 48 Northern Shoveler. There were 3 Western Marsh Harrier perched up and numerous Common Buzzard were also sitting tight.

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The Whooper Swan herd on Lordship Marsh still harboured the adult Bewick’s Swan. Tradionally this species does occasionally drop in with the Whopper Swan flocks on the marshes over the years, but they generally don’t linger for long…get it while it’s here! A couple of Western Cattle Egret were in the distant fields but didn’t come any closer and later in the morning shifted from here to Marsh Farm.

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A further extension to my watch included Frodsham Score where a Great Egret was with the many Little Egret present. A barrel chested female Peregrine was out by the shoreline, and 100’s of Common Shelduck were feeding in the same area.

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The 100’s of European Golden Plover and Northern Lapwing flocks on No.3 tank and were constantly agitated rising up into the air on many occasions. In the same field by Marsh Farm were the 3 relocated Cattle Egret feeding under the hooves of the cattle and sheep.

Passerines were few and far between with small flocks of both Redwing and Fieldfare, and I countered 10 European Stonechat throughout my walk.

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I managed a trip out to the sticks in Northwich for the Aston Flash Eastern Stonechat, It’s final identity will only be resolved with a slop bucket and a white laboratory jacket. A good find by local patcher David Bedford and a new species for the county. A little bit jealous it was there and not at Frodsham though.

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Later in the day and back at Frodsham Marsh, I rounded the day off with a Little Egret wading through the aqua course on the hovercraft site.

Observer: WSM (images 11-18).

A Kingfisher was seen by Creg Caird.