02.05.20. Birdlog.

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An early start for my daily walk started at Ince this morning. The summer sounds of Blackcap, Common Whitethroat, Common Chiffchaff and a single Cetti’s broke out along the lane with Reed and Sedge Warbler and Common Reed Bunting adding their tuppence worth near to the pools. At the pools a few Mallard, Tufted Duck, Common Shelduck, Gadwall, Little Grebe and a pair of Mute Swan and 3 Little Egret. The Barn Owl was seen in the entrance at the entrance to its box, no doubt resting after a nights hunting.

I took a look over the Frodsham Score salt marsh from the Manchester Ship Canal path with Canada Goose, Greylag Goose and Common Shelduck were present with more ducks on the canal. A Northern Wheatear was sat on a pontoon on the canal bank keeping a watch on a Common Kestrel hunting nearby.

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The Canal Pools were quiet with just a few Mallard and Tufted Duck alongside a pair of Mute Swan and several Canada Goose. The Great Crested Grebe pair are still incubating in thire reed bed nest.

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A small group of 4 Pied Avocet were on a scrape with a single Black-tailed Godwit for company. Another Northern Wheatear sat on a fence post while overhead Common Swift, Barn Swallow and Sand Martin. A flock of godwits were resting or feeding in the shallow water of No.6 tank and took fright when a Western Marsh Harrier passed to close for comfort but soon settled again. A pair of Little Ringed Plover were also at the waters edge.

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Amongst the Tufted Duck, Mallard and Common Shelduck was a pair of Northern Pintail were noted.

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A Stoat was following a Rabbits scent as it crossed the lane from No.3 and on to No.6 tank I heard a squeal soon after from the bank on 6.

Along Lordship Lane a Sedge Warbler outnumbered the Reed Warbler and were showing well singing from the top of the reed stems, another 5 Cetti’s Warbler were heard along the lane. A male Eurasian Sparrowhawk was hunting the finches along the bank.

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Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-8).

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I decided to take my routine walk along Brook Furlong Lane late morning where with the numerous singing Common Chiffchaff singing was another ‘mixed singer’ Willow Warbler. The Cetti’s Warbler were close to the track and it doesn’t half make you jump when one bursts into song as you walk by them (i’m sure they do it on purpose).

When I got to the River Weaver there wasn’t much to keep my interest level up and the partial leucistic Canada Goose was paired with a large Canada Goose.

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Adjacent to the Weaver Causeway is Redwall reed bed and a male Whinchat keeping to the lea side of the reeds performed well but with a stiff breeze it was difficult to keep the mobile/phone camers steady to get a decent shot. High above were House Martin and loads of screaming Common Swift.

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The Willow Warbler ‘mixed singer’ was again in its usual hawthorm tree mixing it up at the old birdlog at the south east corner of No.1 tank.

I continued my walk out to No.6 tank and couldn’t add much to Paul’s earlier sightings, except an additional drake Northern Pintail. The flock of Black-tailed Godwit contained 496 birds.

Observer: WSM (images 9-11).

01.05.20 Birdlog.

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I was out this afternoon for my daily routine walk along Brook Furlong Lane and then watching across the River Weaver and Manchester Ship Canal. Common Chiffchaff, Cetti’s Warbler and Common Whitethroat were all noted. Numbers of European Goldfinch and Linnet were numerous and a male Bullfinch flew aross the lane in front of me.

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A couple of Western Marsh Harrier were hunting over Redwall reed bed as were several Common Buzzard.

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An oddly pattened leucistic Canada Goose was on the river amongst many of its regular kind and a herd of 18 Mute Swan. This is the time of year where territorial disputes between ducks id intensified and the Common Shelduck fighting for their avian rights, and Tufted Duck were also displaying.

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A group of c30 Common Swift were hawking over the river with Sand Martin and Barn Swallow were also present. Both Reed and Sedge Warbler were in the reeds alongside the river and a couple of Little Ring Plover were at the edge of the Shooters’ Pool. A couple of Common Sandpiper were on the river bank and another 2 were along the canal. A couple of Northern Wheatear were perched at the shooters’ berth then flew across over the ship canal.

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A male European Stonechat held on to a juicy spider as I walked past presumably for its young brood hidden nearby.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.