24.10.20. Birdlog.

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A grey damp walk around the marsh this morning along the River Weaver where it was certainly the right conditions for Mallard, Tufted Duck, Eurasian Teal, Gadwall, Common Pochard and c12 Common Goldeneye.

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Also present were flocks of Northern Pintal passed overhead on their way to the Mersey Estuary, followed by a few hundred Canada Goose flushed from the far bank of the Weaver Estuary by a pair of Common Buzzard. A flock of c300 Common Redshank and Northern Lapwing were resting at the edge of the river with a flock of c60 Eurasian Coot.

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Onward to No.5 tank with several Common Snipe were seen to drop down into the vegetation, and skeins of Pink-footed Goose were heading south, but were struggling with the wind which was pushing them further to the east. Another decent selection of ducks were on No.6 tank with Mallard, Eurasian Teal and Northern Shoveler joining the Gadwall and more Northern Pintail with a Western Marsh Harrier hunting the reed bed.

Looking over Lordship Marsh was a mass of gulls feeding in the fields alongside the M56 motorway and c600 Canada Goose were in the stubble fields along Lordship Lane. Further along towards the start of my walk a Common Kingfisher brightened up an otherwise dull day as it left its perch next to the P.O.W bridge alongside Moorditch Lane and sped along the ditch out of sight. A few Redwings and Fieldfares were noted during the day.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images).

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