29.12.20. Birdlog.

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We made our way along Moorditch Lane where a Cetti’s Warbler was scolding something deep into cover and several Linnet were about the telegraph wires.

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A look across No.6 tank and the usual species of duck were scattered widely with the wind less of a feature today and temperatures increasing after a dismal start to the day. The pools on No.3 tank had Eursaian Teal and Eurasian Wigeon with both Northern Shoveler and Mallard busy feeding. A large gathering of Northern Lapwing included c400 European Golden Plover and their attendant Black-headed Gull flock harrying the plovers of their tasty worms.

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After passing pleasantries with Mr & Mrs Roberts and informed the winter swans were back on their usual field on Lordship Marsh we carried on to the corner of No.4 & No.6 tanks. A herd of 22 Whooper Swan were just where Jacqui & Idris said they were and walking along the track I managed a few shots.

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2 Ruff join the Curlew flock over Lordship Marsh.
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Also present were literally hundreds of Eurasian Curlew and a flock that flew over my head had 2 Ruff with them. The big flock of gulls were again on the slurry fields with both Northern Lapwing and Common Starling.

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A skein of 34 Pink-footed Goose flew over to the score and another skein headed off to the Dee marshes for the night.

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Observers: JS & WSM (images 2-8).

I spent the last hour of light at Ince this evening where two Western Cattle Egret and 4 Little Egret were amongst the pigs with c200 Northern Lapwing and several Eurasian Curlew. There were skeins of Pink-footed Goose dropping on to the Frodsham Score salt marsh where Common Shelduck in good numbers which dotted the marsh.

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A partial leucistic winged Raven was noted.

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Earlier my walk along the Gowy Meadows was uneventful apart from a jelly like mould substance near one of the pools possibly known as ‘star jelly’ or ‘snow mould’?

Observer: Paul Ralston (1 & 9-10).