05.03.21. Birdlog.

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Another long walk to and we chalked up 20.43 km to, around and back from the marshes today.

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Walking along Hare’s Lane and a Little Egret was again in the flooded field. A look across No.6 tank produced 25 Common Pochard, 21 Tufted Duck, c300 Eurasian Teal, 7 Northern Pintail and a few of the regulars.

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May be an image of bird and nature

A small flock of 8 Ruff were feeding along the margins of the vegetated/shallow waters of the tank. Also present were 67 Black-tailed Godwit.

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May be an image of bird and nature
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Lordship Lane had a flock of 28 Eurasian Skylark, 14 Common Reed Bunting, 4 European Stonechat and 14 Pied Wagtail. The 25 Whooper Swan were again in the fields on Lordship Marsh and the 2 Greylag and their white domestic friend were at the further end of the field. Skeins of Pink-footed Goose could be seen flying to and fro to the salt marshes. A Common Chiffchaff was hanging about the ramp track off the lane.

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A flock of c400 European Golden Plover joined 13 Common Redshank and 210 Northern Lapwing on the Weaver Bend.

Observers: JS & WSM (images 3-4 & 7-8).

Additional images (1-2 & 5-6 & 13) by David Eisner.

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An after work walk to Ince where the 3 Western Cattle Egret, 5 Little Egret in with the pigs at the farm along Kinsey Lane. There were several small groups of Eurasian Curlew in the surrounding fields as well. A Common Chiffchaff was feeding in the hedgerow and a Great Spotted Woodpecker was along the canal path.

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Out on Ince salt marsh were thousands of Pink-footed Goose which were spread out across the marsh with many Common Shelduck and 5 Greylag Goose being noted. A Great Egret and several Little Egret moved about near to the river.

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May be an image of wading bird and nature

Out on the Manchester Ship Canal were c30 Gadwall and c20 Mallard, a few Eurasian Teal and the usual Eurasian Coot were on the water. Another Great Egret fed with a Little Egret in a ditch near to Ince berth, and 2 additional Great Egret flew overhead with one settling in the stubble alongside the Holpool Gutter. Two more Common Chiffchaff were in the hedgerow with several Long-tailed Tit by the track towards Goldfinch Meadows Nature Reserve pools, Ince which held a few Mallard, teal, Gadwall and a single drake Eurasian Wigeon.

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Observer: Paul Ralston (images 9-12).

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May be an image of bird and nature
May be an image of wading bird and nature
May be an image of bird and nature

Also some images from Phil Barker (images 13-16) on his daily walk around the marsh including the Little Egret by Moorditch Lane which later flew and landed in the tree on No.6 tank. Also a Western Marsh Harrier and a Lesser Redpoll also on Moorditch Lane.

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