05.02.20. Birdlog.

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I started my walk with a stunning sunrise over the Manchester Ship Canal on the way to work this morning, and it finished with a stunning sunset over Frodsham Marsh after work.

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I spent the last hour looking over the Weaver Bend watching a Short eared Owl hunting the fields and river bank. Nearby were Tufted Duck, Common Shelduck and Common Goldeneye were all close to the Weaver Bend with many more near the junction with the estuary and canal where 18 Mute Swan were noted. The Short-eared Owl inadvertently flushing a wintering Common Sandpiper from the bank and a Little Egret flew over the river heading to its roost.There were masses of Eurasian Starling also heading to their roost and flying east along the ship canal.  A flock of Fieldfare dropped into the trees near to Marsh Farm.

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Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-3).

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03.02.20.  I found this parasitic Mistletoe growing in a Hawthorn tree in Widnes, Cheshire and was surprised it’s gone unnoticed for so long.

Observer: WSM (images 4-6).