17.05.20. Birdlog.

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The BTO WeBs count this morning on the tide. Very quiet at Ince Marsh fields and not a great deal showing.

On the pools were 4 Gadwall, 9 Mallard, 3 Little Grebe, 7 European Moorhen, 8 Eurasian Coot, 3 Grey Heron and 1 Little Egret.

The Barn Owl could be seen at its box entrance.

The field alongside the Holpool Gutter held 8 Northern Lapwing and 2 Eurasian Oystercatcher and many Rook, Western Jackdaw and Carrion Crow.

The Manchester Ship Canal fared slightly better with good numbers of Tufted Duck, Common Shelduck, Mallard, 2 Mute Swan and several Canada Goose.

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A tired looking Red Fox made its way along the edge of the Frodsham Score salt marsh and dropped down to drink from the ship canal but struggled to climb back up the bank, it then curled up and went to sleep

The ‘phalarope pool’ was also quiet with a single Common Shelduck, a pair of Gadwall, 4 Eurasian Coot and the Northern Lapwing families.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.