04.01.20. Birdlog.

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The winter female Long-tailed Duck was amongst the 63 Tufted Duck, 12 Common Goldeneye, female Greater Scaup, 4 Common Pochard and 6 Great Crested Grebeon the River Weaver. A flock of 230 Common Redshank were moving up river and a Common Sandpiper was noted.

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A couple of Stonechat kept company on the grassy banks.

A skein of c60 Pink-footed Goose passed overhead on their way to the Mersey Estuary.

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A pair of Stonechat were at the shooters’ berth and a mass of 100’s Northern Lapwing and European Golden Plover were in the air near to Marsh Farm. The 3 Cattle Egret were feeding amongst the calves close to the farm.

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The ‘Canal Pools’ were quiet with c40 Eurasian Coot a few Mallard, a pair of Mute Swan and a single Black-tailed Godwit.

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Common Buzzard and Raven were again common throughout the day. A Sparrowhawk passed over the canal to hunt the European Starling flocks on the Frodsham Score salt marsh where a couple of Great Egret were standing out literally on the edge of the river. Also noted were tens of hundreds of Canada Goose spread out across the marshes.

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The herd of 19 Whooper Swan included 6 juvenile birds and are still along Lordship Lane and were joined by c80 Eurasian Curlew.

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A look over No.6 tank produced 2 Marsh Harrier and 71 Northern Shoveler, 17 Northern Pintail, c300 Eurasian Teal, 31 Common Pochard, 2 Common Goldeneye, 46 Tufted Duck and 14 Mallard.

Observers: Paul Ralston (images 1-7), WSM (images 8-9).

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There was a 1st winter drake Greater Scaup with the flock on Weaver Bend early afternoon in addition to the female that was also present.

Jonathan Scragg (image 10).

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