08.04.21. Birdlog.

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Our walk took us along Moorditch Lane and then onto the north side of No.6 tank. A busy day with birders enjoying the benefits that the marsh has to offer.

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The 3 Black-necked Grebe were still sheltering from the blustery westerly below the bank with c150 Northern Shoveler really into their territorial drake posturings.

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A flock of c600 Black-tailed Godwit were along the edge of the watery margins of the flooded tank. A single Ruff worked its way along the shore line.

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Western Marsh Harrier were present in the area and Common Buzzard were drifting on the edge of the Manchester Ship Canal. Small skeins were moving about and resettling out by the river.

Observer: Roger Wilkinson.

Images 3-4 by David Eisner.

Black-necked Grebes on a blustery No.6 tank.

Observers: JS & WSM (images 1-2 & 5 & videos).

Elsewhere the Water Pipit and the Western Yellow Wagtail were again in fields alongside Lordship Lane, but ploughing of these fields is underway and it’s a matter of time before the these birds are forced away from this spot.

All three Black-necked Grebes.
Drake Shovelers prancing about the water.