07.02.20. Birdlog.

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I started my walk at Ince after a early finish from work. There were c200 Rook, Carrion Crow and Western Jackdaw fed amongst the pigs near to the farm and then were joined by a large flock of Eurasian Starling.The ditches are overflowing their banks causing a mini wetland in one of the fields thus attracting a single Mute Swan, c40 Eurasian Cand urlew several Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Grey Heron and 2 Little Egret. The pools were quiet with a handful of Gadwall, Mallard, Eurasian Teal and a single Little Grebe.

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Onwards to the Manchester Ship Canal path overlooking the south mersey saltmarshes. A large herd of 1,000 Pink-footed Goose which took to the air and then settled down near the river. There were good numbers of Canada Goose and Common Shelduck were present also. A flock of c60 Eurasian Coot were on the canal bank then took to the water on my approach mixing in with a group of Great Black-backed Gull bathing in the canal water. Another group of Great Black-backed Gull were resting on the marsh while one gull fed on a sheep carcase keeping the Raven birds at bay. Several Little Egret were noted on the saltmarsh and a pair of Common Buzzard were displaying high up. Hundreds of Northern Lapwing took flight as a Sparrowhawk circled above them. 

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A Marsh Harrier was hunting between No.4 and No.6 tanks and then over Lordship Marsh. 5 Mute swan were in there usual field alongside a dead close to one of the turbines. The Whooper Swan herd could be seen near to Hill View Farm.

A distant Peregrine could be seen sat on the ground in the stubble field adjacent to the Holpool Gutter and a flock of c100 Pied Wagtail and Meadow Pipit were feeding close to the track. Back close to my starting point produced several Little Egret were seen going to their roost for the night. 

Observer: Paul Ralston (images).

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While Paul was out to the west of the marshes I dropped trundled along Brook Furlong Lane where a couple of Short-eared Owl were present. The 3 Cattle Egret were still mithering the cattle by Marsh Farm and a Marsh Harrier floated over the area.

Observers: JS & WSM.

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