02 & 04.07.20

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02.07.29. Birdlog.

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A short visit after work to No.6 tank produced 146 Tufted Duck, 5 Common Pochard and an assortment of Northern Shoveler, Gadwall and Mallar.

A medium sized flock of Black-tailed Godwit included a colour flagged bird and currently I am still awaiting its life history.

Observer: WSM (image 2).

04.07.20. Birdlog.

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A midday walk along the River Weaver and Manchester Ship Canal. Meadow Pipit were numerous along Alder Lane with small flocks of European Goldfinch and Linnet being noted.

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On to the Manchester Ship Canal the dredger left its berth and turned around at the entrance to the Weaver Estuary displacing the Tufted Duck, common Shelduck and Mallard resting nearby. A flock of 47 Greylag Goose were bunched together on the canal while many Canada Goose were on the river.

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Looking over the Mersey Estuary a mixed flock of mostly  Black-headed Gull with several Lesser Black-backed and Herring Gull were roosting at the waters edge alongside c200 Black-tailed Godwit, 13 Common Redshank and a flock of 125 Pied Avocet were spooked by an unseen threat but soon settled down again.

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Further shorebirds included 37 Eurasian Curlew and 2 Whimbrel were also feeding on the salt marsh. 3 Common Sandpiper were on the River Weaver with a further c30 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Common Redshank and several Eurasian Oystercatcher. 

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A group of Sand Martin were feeding young sat on a barbed wire fence jutting out into the river.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1 & 3-7).

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