19.11.20. Birdlog.

A walk out along the track that leads west above No.6 tank produced a Little Egret flying overhead to the Mersey Estuary. On the open water was a reduced amount of ducks with 234 Northern Shoveler, 270 Eurasian Teal and smaller numbers of Common Shelduck and Mallard.

A flock of 200 Northern Lapwing flew over and smaller looser flocks of Eurasian Curlew were flying west at dusk. Watching over the tank at dusk brought a herd of 13 (2 juvenile) Whooper Swan which came in to roost for the evening.

Mistle Thrush isn’t a common bird on the marsh and this winter a pair have taken up residency along Moorditch Lane by the pony paddock sharing the hawthorn berries with a few Redwing. There were flocks of Fieldfare flying over and a Common Chiffchaff was heard contact calling in the thickets.

The Common Starling flocks appeared in numbers reaching a couple of thousand but they didn’t linger and moved off to the north east.

Observers: JS & WSM.

Images by Phil Barker.

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