New Year’s Eve 2019

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The last day of an eventful year and my last walk around the Weaver Bend.

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The 3 Cattle Egret were moving around the fields close to Marsh Farm looking for their bovine brothers. The big plover flock that have recently been in the area were nowhere to be seen today, probably out on the salt marshes.

The Weaver Estaury had the Tufted Duck flock which were out near the junction of the Manchester Ship Canal and the River Weaver, along with Mallard, Eurasian Teal, Common Shelduck and Common Goldeneye.

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A herd of 23 Mute Swan were on the river with one particular bird showing a lot of aggression to another pair.  A flock of 64 Northern Pintail were at the Weaver Bend alongside more Eurasian Teal and a pair of Gadwall.

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A Peregrine flew past over the I.C.I tank and perched on a pylon near to the M56 motorway. A large skein of Pink-footed Goose were heading out towards the Mersey Estuary.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images 2-6).

The Whooper Swan herd were still alongside Lordship Lane this morning and a large skein of c350 Pink-footed Goose flew over Runcorn Docks heading east.

Observer: WSM (image 1).