19.09.20. Birdlog.

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A walk around No.6 tank and along the Manchester Ship Canal path as far as the Holpool Gutter this morning. Several hundred Canada Goose had roosted on No.6 overnight and left as the sun came up leaving c800 Black-tailed Godwit which had a few Ruff and a Curlew Sandpiper amongst them.

There were were 6 Mute Swan which passed overhead and a short while later a single Whooper Swan flew east over No.3. On the ‘phalarope pool’ where 3 Ruff, 5 Common Snipe and a single Black-tailed Godwit foraged at the edge of the pool, while Eurasian Wigeon, Gadwall, Mallard and Eurasian Teal gathered on the pool.

A pair of Common Sandpiper flew side by side along the ship canal and several Little Egret, 3 Great Egret and 6 Grey Heron were feeding in the tidal channels on the Frodsham Score salt marsh. A blast from a Cetti’s Warbler was heard from the bank on No.4 where Common Chiffchaff and a Lesser Whitethroat were seen in the elderberry bushes. Walking back along Lordship Lane with Barn Swallow were hawking over the recently cut fields and a Sparrowhawk was hunting the many finch flocks in the area.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-4 & 8).

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I took my hike out to the west end of the marsh and after taking up position I watched the rolling tide fill the tidal channels then spread its messy mocha coloured fingers caressing the green swath of salt marsh grass.

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All this wateryness produced small flocks of Dunlin, Red Knot, Grey Plover (including a smart summer plumaged bird), numerous Eurasian Oystercatcher, hundreds of Eurasian Curlew, 3 Great Egret and several Little Egret. A couple of Peregrine, and a male and a juvenile Western Marsh Harrier were keeping a check on proceedings.

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A look over No.6 tank where c2200 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 1 Red Knot and 6 Ruff. Ducks were in plentiful supply with 161 Tufted Duck, c200 Northern Shoveler, 52 Northern Pintail, 31 Eurasian Wigeon, c100 Mallard, c340 Eurasian Teal and 21 Little Grebe.

The ‘Biter’ training vessel sailed along the Mnachester Ship Canal en route to Salford Quays.

Observer: WSM (images 5-7 & 8-10).

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