21.05.21. Birdlog.

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An early morning walk from Ince to the Holpool Gutter this morning. A pair of Greylag Goose with a single gosling were on the Manchester Ship Canal alongside a pair of Mute Swan, several Gadwall, Mallard and Tufted Duck.

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Not a great deal on the pools but a Little Ringed Plover was noted at the edge of one of them. Common Whitethroat were the most vocal on my walk with the odd Cetti’s Warbler and Common Wren heard.  A Great Egret was seen to drop down to a ditch bordering the gutter as was a single Little Egret and more were out on the Frodsham Score. The Arklow Rival ship made its way east along the canal and a pair of Great Crested Grebe chose to dive rather than fly out of its path, both birds popped back up as it past by.

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Several Eurasian Coot and their chicks were on the gutter and a scruffy looking Gadwall going through its moult swam past. 

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A Common Buzzard was noted sitting on its nest which looked small to hold its clutch once they hatch, and grow larger It’s possible a first attempt at rearing young for the bird.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.