07.06.20. Birdlog.

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I started at Ince today for my monthly BTO WeBs count on Ince marsh fields. The pools at Ince held 7 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 2 Tufted Duck, 5 Common Shelduck, 5 Eurasian Coot, 8 Common Moorhen and 4 Little Grebe. 

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There were 3 Grey Heron in the fields and nearby the Barn Owl was at the entrance to its box enjoying some down time from the kids. The Holpool Gutter held 2 Gadwall, 3 Common Moorhen, 1 Eurasian Coot and the adjacent field held 30 Northern Lapwing, 2 Canada Goose and a mixed flock of Rook with many young begging for food. The Western Jackdaw, Carrion Crow and plenty of Wood Pigeon were all over the place.

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On Frodsham Score salt marsh were hundreds of Canada Goose, several Common Shelduck and Mallard were resting with more Canada Goose with young on the Manchester Ship Canal.

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The ‘Canal Pools’ were quiet with just Canada Goose and their broods with 2 Tufted Duck and a Mallard.

The Common Redshank pair were agitated by a Common Buzzard passing close by overhead and joined the Northern Lapwing in an effort to deter it from targeting their young hiding in the grass.

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Passerines featured Reed Bunting, Sedge, Reed Warbler and Common Whitethroat were all active on my walk with some feeding young birds. A male Western Marsh Harrier flew over with a prey item and was met by the female which caught the prey as he dropped it.

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A Peregrine sat on a tower at the Growhow Works digesting its meal. A Grey Wagtail was on the bank of the gutter and a Pied Wagtail fed a youngster that was begging for food.

Observer: PAul Ralston (images 2-7).

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We took a walk around No.6 tank and stopped off at the ‘phalarope pool’ where a Little Ringed Plover was performing well on the bare mud. Like Paul had seen earlier the Common Redshank parents were busy keeping an eye on their young.

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Continuing further on and stopped off at No.6 tank where a flock of c650 Black-tailed Godwit had just been put on the alert by 2 Peregrine sitting on the bare ground (per John Gilbody).

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Another Little Ringed Plover was with 6 Common Ringed Plover, 24 (11 nests) Pied Avocet and a single Dunlin. An adult female and a juvenile European Stonechat were in the reed bed below where I was sitting.

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A Little Egret flew over our heads and headed off to the Mersey Estuary.

Observers: JS & WSM (images 1 & 8-10 & 12-14).

Image 11 by John Gilbody.