27.02.20. Birdlog.

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An hour at Ince Marsh fields after work this afternoon. I parked near the incinerator plant as the pathway near the farm is now to deep to attempt to walk along even in wellies. A couple of Short-eared Owl were observed hunting near the berth one of which was buzzed by a Carrion Crow.

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Further out on the salt marsh of Frodsham Score were Common Shelduck, many Canada Goose and Pink-footed Goose were grazing with c60 Eurasian Curlew nearby and several Little Egret were feeding in the tidal channels. The flooded fields held Tufted Duck, Mallard, Eurasian Teal, Northern Shoveler and Gadwall.

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Also noted were 9 more Little Egret, 7 Mute Swan were noted, plus 2 swimming along the footpath.

A Barn Owl was once again peering out of its box waiting for the light to fade before it started hunting for the night.

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When I eventually got back near to my car another 2 Mute Swan flew in to join the rest of the herd on the flood and a large flock of Western Jackdaw went to roost in the woods near to the incinerator plant.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images).

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