31.01.20. Birdlog.

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I had the last hour of light around No.6 tank where the usual ducks were on the water and included Tufted Duck, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Common Sochard and Gadwall. A Marsh Harrier flushed the Eurasian Teal and Eurasian Coot from the shallows and they settled on the open water. Both Common Buzzard and European Kestrel were hunting over the reed bed and a mixed flock of Redwing and Fieldfare fed with the Eurasian Starling on No.3 tank which massed headed to their roost flying east along the Manchester Ship Canal and were followed by 5 Mute Swan heading to the River Weaver for the night. There were 9 Mute Swan n the field alongside Lordship Lane and the Whooper Swan herd were near the Hillview Farm.

Observer: Paul Ralston.

While Paul was doing his thang by No.6 tank we headed to Marsh Farm where the bleating of newly born lambs rang out over No.1 tank. A pair of European Stonechat were along Alder Lane while a Common Chiffchaff was contact calling at the old birdlog.

We walked out to Marsh Farm and could see in the distance perhaps the same Marsh Harrier PR had seen on No.6 tank. The three Cattle Egret were a little further out by the Canal Pools and the Eurasian Starling headed low overhead and disappeared into the gloom.

Back at the bridge that crosses the M56 at Brook Furlong Lane and two presumed Pipistrelle Bat were hawking over our heads.

Observers: JS & WSM (image and Gif).

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