12.02.20. Birdlog.

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I Finished work and spent the last hour around Ince.

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I parked near the pig farm and a Goldcrest was feeding in a bush next to my car and a short walk along the lane to the recently flooded field and 3 Western Cattle Egret were noted feeding in the margins with 5 Little Egret and 2 Grey Heron. The juvenile Mute Swan that took up residence on the flood has been joined by 6 more adults one of which was showing aggression to the youngster. Mallard, Gadwall and Eurasian Teal were present alongside several Eurasian Coot and Moorhen, Little Grebe could be heard trilling.

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A Short-eared Owl rose from the ground as I made my way to the berth and was soon joined by another bird, both gained height and were mobbed by several Carrion Crow.

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Looking over the Frodsham Score salt marsh and a skein of Pink-footed Goose dropped down by the river. Common Shelduck were in good numbers on the marsh and several more Little Egret were seen. Back at my car and ready for home the 3 Western Cattle and Little Egret were still feeding as the light faded, then two of the little made their way to roost in the trees near to the Ince berth.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-4).

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While PR was watching the western side of the marshes I took up my position below the banks of the east side of No.1 tank at Redwall reed bed. It wasn’t long before one of possibly 3 Short-eared Owl made their presence known. Two flew out towards No.5 tank and the last stayed in the area hunting back and to across the River Weaver. It perched up a couple of times with the background sound of Cetti’s Warbler ringing out loud. A glance across to the M56 motorway hedgerows produced a fine male Merlin sitting still with the thundering commuter traffic hurtling past.

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The river was rather quiet with Common Pochard, Tufted Duck and Common Goldeneye and a small flock of Common Redshank and 4 Common Ringed Plover settling down for the evening.

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Wigg Island on the ebbing tide is completely covered as viewed from the Mersey Gateway bridge (south bound).

Observer: WSM (images 5-8).