06.09.20. Birdlog.

I started at Ince this morning where Gadwall were the most numerous duck on the pools at Ince followed by Mallard, Eurasian Teal and a Garganey. More Gadwall were on the Manchester Ship Canal with several Tufted Duck and 2 Great Crested Grebe.

A Common Whitethroat and several Common Chiffchaff were moving along the canal path and a Common Sandpiper was on the far bank. A flock of 35 Stock Dove were flushed off Frodsham Score salt marsh by a Sparrowhawk. Shooting was taking place on the salt marsh so not a lot to be seen there today.

A few small groups of Black-tailed Godwit passed overhead on their way to the estuary after leaving No.6 tank.The ‘phalarope pool’ held c50 Northern Lapwing and a single Black-tailed Godwit with yet more Gadwall, Eurasian Teal and Mallard.

On No.6 tank there were decent numbers of Eurasian Teal, Mallard, Tufted Duck and Common Shelduck on the water with a minimum of 30 Little Grebe and 2 Common Greenshank amongst the lapwing flock. Several more Common Chiffchaff and 2 Cetti’s Warbler were noted on the bank of No.6.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-2).

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It wasn’t until afternoon before I managed to take a hike along the scrambler bike infested lanes of the marsh. A walk along Alder Lane to Marsh Farm produced an adult Eurasian Hobby dragonfly catching over the farm buildings, then later found sitting on a fence post munching a European Goldfinch. A European Golden Plover could be heard high overhead and the rising tide flushed out the Eurasian Curlew from their muddy home.

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We continued our walk back along Brook Furlong Lane, then along Moorditch Lane to the ‘phalarope pool’ where a dozen Northern Shoveler, 21 Eurasian Teal, several Gadwall and 7 juvenile Black-tailed Godwit. No.6 tank looked impressive with c2000 Black-tailed Godwit, c200 Northern Lapwing, 3 Ruff, 4 Red (not red) Knot, 3 Common Greenshank. Ducks were out in good numbers and fresh arrivals included; 19 Northern Pintail, 9 Eurasian Wigeon with an increase of Northern Shoveler to c230, 31 Tufted Duck, c300 Eurasian Teal and 45 Mallard.

Another 2 Eurasian Hobby were on No.5 tank (observer Gary Powell).

Observers: JS & WSM (images 3-4).

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