20.12.20. Birdlog.

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I started my walk at Brook Furlong Lane this morning where the winter thrushes seem to have moved on their merry way, just a handfull of Redwing and Blackbird feeding on the leftover berries along the lane.

On the River Weaver there were good numbers of Tufted Duck were on the far side of the water alongside the wooden jetty with Mallard, Eurasian Teal, Northern Shoveler, Common Shelduck and 2 female Common Goldeneye were also noted.

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A herd of c300 Canada Goose were sheltering from the wildfowlers out on Frodsham Score salt marsh and were joined by 11 Mute Swan. A small flock of Common Redshank were gathered at the edge of the river as was a Common Sandpiper.

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On to No.6 tank and the ducks took to the air with the sound of gunshots ringing out by the hovercraft field most of the birds carried on out to the estuary, but a few turned back only to flushed again. The 7 Mute Swan stayed put ignored the gunshots.

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I called into Kinsey Lane, Ince on my way home where the clay shoot was taking place and 4 Western Cattle Egret and several Little Egret were undisturbed by the constant gunfire but were flushed by a low flying Common Buzzard with a damaged wing.

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Observer: Paul Ralston (images).

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My first Snowdrops of late winter bllomed at Pickerings Pasture this lunch time while a Little Egret flew by per WSM.