10.11.20. Birdlog.

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An early visit to the marsh this morning and just in time to see the ribbons of 100’s of Pink-footed Goose heading north-east out from the south Mersey marshes yelping loudly as they went.

A look over No.6 tank revealed much smaller numbers of ducks with 3 Common Goldeneye, 57 Northern Shoveler, 16 Common Shelduck, 327 Eurasian Teal and 2 Eurasian Wigeon, 21 Mallard, 14 Northern Pintail and 21 Little Grebe. Further teal and wigeon were out on the secluded scrapes of No.3 tank.

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Walking along the tracks revealed small bunches finches and buntings with a Yellowhammer being the highlight. A couple of Cetti’s Warbler were vocal as well.

My journey along the track between No.3 and No.6 tanks was interrupted by a female Merlin darting past on its way to No.4 tank and dislodging a few passerines en route. The ‘phalarope pool’ had 110 Eurasian Teal, 6 Mallard and 4 Northern Shoveler.

The incoming tide pushed up both c500 Eurasian Wigeon, c400 Common Redshank, c150 Eurasian Curlew, 1 Oystercatcher and c1000 Dunlin. A Great Egret was sat with 6 Grey Heron on Frodsham Score and scattered singletons of Little Egret were moving around. A Cetti’s Warbler was heard and likewise a Common Chiffchaff was contacing from a reed bed below where I was standing.

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Reaching the corner of No.4 and No.6 tanks and looking across to Lordship Marsh produced the 5 adult and single juvenile Whooper Swan which were joined by an incoming Mute Swan later.

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A flock of Common Starling gathered on top of a hawthorn hedge were keeping an eye on a Common Buzzard sat below their position.

Observer and images: WSM.

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