07.01.21. Birdlog.

We walked down to the marsh as part of our allowed one period of exercise a day.I will highlight the species seen on our walk which avoided contact with other people doing likewise. No.6 tank was completely frozen over with adjacent waters no longer providing a sheltered refuge for wildfowl, presumably they have moved out to both the Mersey and Weaver Estuaries.

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The Manchester Ship Canal was partly frozen on some parts that were near to the edges. A single 1 Great Crested Grebe, numerous Great Black-backed and Lesser Black-backed Gull with smaller numbers of Herring and Common Gull. The herd of 22 Whooper Swan had joined a herd of 11 Mute Swan on fields close to the estuary.

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The salt marshes had hundreds of Canada Goose with 6 Barnacle and c200 Pink-footed Goose, 4 Great Egret, 5 Little Egret and a fly by Western Cattle Egret flying out to Ince pig farm on Kinsey Lane.

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There were two Western Marsh Harrier quatering the reeds on No.6 tank while the weather deteriorated during the course of our walk. A Common Buzzard on No.5 tank watched while European Golden Plover in the field around it.

Observers: JS & WSM (images).

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