23.09.20. Birdlog.

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A quick dash down to No.6 to cover the high tide spill over on the tank. Already in situ were the best part of 2000 Black-tailed Godwit. After scrutinising through their numbers I manage to count 18 juveniles and a colour ringed bird, the latter was the same bird present here on 02.08.20. Its history is here:

YY-GH was ringed as an adult and has been recorded since at:

 07.01.19 Evoa, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, Portugal.

11.04.19 Alhos Vedros, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, Portugal.

02.08.20 Frodsham Marsh, River Mersey, Cheshire.

23.09.20 Frodsham Marsh, River Mersey, Cheshire.

Also present were 8 Bar-tailed Godwit, 14 Common Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 9 Ruff, 1 Red Knot and 53 Northern Lapwing.

A good pre-roost of 70 Common Gull, c400 Black-headed Gull, 1 adult Herring and 3 juvenile/1st winter Lesser Black-backed Gull.

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Ducks were again the second main feature with 267 Northern Shoveler, 18 Gadwall (a couple of drakes courting ducks), 67 Tufted Duck, 6 Common Pochard, 31 Northern Pintail, 350 Eurasian Teal. A flight of 20 Pink-footed Goose flew in from the south-east to spend the evening out on the Mersey salt marshes.

Just as the sun sank below the western sky the first of five Western Marsh Harrier came into roost and put on a fine performance.

Observer: WSM (images).

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