31.05.20. Birdlog.

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An early morning start at Ince before the temperature rose throgh this morning. The lane was alive with birdsong with Wren, Common Chiffchaff, Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Cetti’s Warbler, Sedge and Reed Warbler were joined by a Song Thrush and Blackbird. The pools were quiet with just a few Mallard, Gadwall, 2 Common Shelduck and a Little Grebe.

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Wren in the sunshine.

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On the Manchester Ship Canal, Tufted Duck, Mallard and Common Shelduck were numerous with plenty of Canada Goose on the water with hundreds more out on the Frodsham Score salt marsh.

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Not a great deal on the ‘Canal Pools’, a single Great Crested Grebe was noted hopefully its partner and young were in the reeds out of sight.

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The Common Redshank pair were feeding at the edge of the ‘phalarope pool’ and being tolerated by the Northern Lapwing for a change. More Sedge and Reed Warbler were vocal along the path with Eurasian Reed Bunting and Common Whitethroat being commonplace  no sign of the leucistic bird unfortunately.

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A pair of Western Yellow Wagtail were on the fence along Lordship Lane and a Common Buzzard was mobbed by the a flock of Rook as it strayed to close to their rookery. Back at the start of the walk a Euraian Sparrowhawk was rising on the thermals and was joined by

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another 2 birds and all three circled together for a short while before drifting off.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-7).

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From mid morning we walked out from Marsh Lane and along Moorditch, Lordship Lane and around No.6 tank.

Our first stop was at the ‘splashing pool’ where a group of 34 Tufted Duck and 6 Gadwall were settled. Just a short hop away is the ‘phalarope pool’ and apart from an anxious Common Redshank, 3 Sunshine Wagtail and c100 Sand Martin over the area it was a little underwhelming. We continued to have a look over No.6 tank but not before we socially distanced ourselves from Jacqui and Idris Roberts. Looking through the shimmering heat haze made taking photographs a pointless task. There were 14 Common Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, c500 Black-tailed Godwit, 16 Red Knot, 11 Mute Swan, 146 Tufted Duck, 2 drake Common Pochard and a few odds and sods.

Observers: JS & WSM (image 8).

A Mediterreanean Gull was with the Black-headed Gulls on the Weaver Bend per Roger Wilkinson.

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