29.02.20. Birdlog.

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I began my walk this morning around No.6 tank. There wasn’t a great deal on the water with just a few Mallard, Tufted Duck, Eurasian Coot and Moorhen. The mitigation pools on No.3 tank fared much better with Eurasian Teal, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Northern Shoveler and Gadwall being noted. A flock of c150 Black-tail Godwit were feeding in the shallow edges and some starting to moult into their summer plumage. A herd of Canada Goose were grazing on the tank alongside c30 Common Shelduck and a single Eurasian Oystercatcher. A Western Marsh Harrier passed high up overhead and it or another was later seen preening in the reed bed on No.6.

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The Mute Swan herd were on Lordship Marsh close to the lane, while the Whooper Swan herd were split in to 2 groups nearby. There were two pairs of European Stonechat were along the lane and several Reed Bunting were alongside the ditch. Also noted were 3 Kestrel and 5 Common Buzzard were active during my walk.

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Back at the north end of No.6 were 13 Moorhen feeding in the stubble field and ran for cover when a Eurasian Sparrowhawk  circled overhead.

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I then made my way to the west end of the marsh at Ince where a Great Egret was feeding with 7 Little Egret in the flooded fields alongside the Growhow Works service road. A look over the stubble field alongside the Holpool Gutter produced c100 Eurasian Curlew, 5 Greylag and a white domestic type goose.

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The Frodsham Score salt marsh held both Canada and Pink-footed Goose flocks grazing on the short grass with many Common Shelduck amongst them. A few thousand European Starling were kept on the move by a hunting Marsh Harrier and a pair of Eurasian Oystercatcher were feeding amongst a group of c40 Eurasian Coot on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal.

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A single Short-eared Owl was again near the berth and  a Barn Owl was again peering out of the entrance of its box. Tufted Duck, Northern Shoveler, Eurasian Teal, Gadwall and Mallard were present on the flood with several Mute Swan present. The Eurasian Coot were fighting in the reed beds and Little Grebe could be heard trilling away. There were 9 More Little Egret on the flood with 1 or 2 Western Cattle Egret.

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A Great Egret passed overhead and dropped in to the reeds while a Western Cattle Egret flew over to the pig field at the entrance to the farm and started to feed with the pigs. This bird was joined by 4 more Little Egret which were feeding on grubs which the pigs were rooting out with their snouts.

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Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-12).

It is 6.97 miles from Ince berth to Frodsham bridge the area of distance in length of Frodsham Marsh.

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The resident Nordic Jackdaw was again on the playing fields with its partner (some white in that birds primaries) and c100 Western Jackdaw.

Observer: WSM (images 13-16).

I found a bag containing camera lenses at Pickerings Pasture, Halebank. If this is yours please send me a DM on Twitter @FrodshamBirder