18.02.20. Birdlog.

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We took a long walk from Marsh Lane out to Lower Rake Lane and had some pretty gruesome weather there and back again.

The ducks on No.6 tank were huddled close to the south banks of the tank keeping well away from the cold blustery wind whipping across the marshes. A mass of c450 Eurasian Teal were busy at their display nuptials on both No.6 and No.3 tanks. A collection of 65 Northern Shoveler, 14 Tufted Duck, 12 Northern Pintail and 21 Gadwall.

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There were 4 Western Marsh Harrier circling the reed beds and on our return the ringtail Hen Harrier found its pressence far from welcoming.

Walking along the track between No.3 and No.6 tank and a large flock displaced of Northern Lapwing and smaller numbers of European Golden Plover were high over the area and in obvious distress. The reason for their concern was soon apparent when a big female Peregrine was sat in the field with a poor stricken goldie.

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A European Stonechat was keeping out of the wind along the banks and likewise a Common Chiffchaff followed us for nearly 500 metres.

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At the junction of No.6 and No.4 tank we took a hike along Lordship Lane where the 21 Whooper Swan herd where busy grazing and 6 Mute Swan found the flooded fields ideal.

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Godscroft Lane had a large mixed flock of Fieldfare, European Starling and Chaffinch. Another large flock of Fieldfare were at the horse paddock alongside Moorditch Lane.

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The first Lesser Celandine in flower alongside Godscroft Lane.

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A view of Frodsham Hill from Godscroft Lane.

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Observers: JS & WSM (images).

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There are not many birders who bird watch at Spike Island in Widnes, but I came across a kind chap who pointed out a wintering Kingfisher to me yesterday.Thanks to him for his observation and hopefully we can encourage more people to come down and find more surpises.

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