12.09.21. Birdlog.

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A watch over No.6 tank during the high tide period was productive with c3000 Black-tailed Godwit scattrered across the shallow waters.

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There was again a single Bar-tailed Godwit and an impressive 5 juvenile Spotted Redshank in with c350 Common Redshank, 23 Ruff, 14 Dunlin, 8 Common Ringed Plover and c30 Common Snipe.

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A small flock of 9 Little Egret was reminiscent of the 9 Mark (Whipper) Gibson found on Frodsham Score in the 90’s when they were still a bird to chase after.

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Ducks were lower than yesterday but still were impressive with Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail and Eurasian Teal being the most prominant.

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

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I started the day at the Weaver Bend where c80 Common Redshank, 2 Ruff, 1 Common Snipe, several Black-tailed Godwit and Northern Lapwing were on the sandbank. Also 13 Common Snipe left the shooters’ pool and moved up river.

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A Common Whitethroat and 4 Common Chiffchaff were noted along the path. There were 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker making their way up river too.

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Out on the Mersey Estuary were 38 Pied Avocet were foraging alongside Common Redshank, more Black-tailed Godwit and Eurasian Curlew. A Peregrine made a low pass over the waders but didnt disturb them.

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I finished the day at Ince marsh fields for the WeBs count where c4000 Canada Goose were in the stubble fields with c140 Mallard feeding on the leftover grain. A dozen or so Northern Wheatear were in the same area.

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There two Garganey on the pools at Goldfinch Meadows LNR with 4 Little Grebe, 15 Eurasian Coot, 6 Common Moorhen, 5 Tufted Duck and 4 Gadwall, with 2 Eurasian Curlew in the pig fields along Kinsey Lane, Ince amongst  a large flock of Black-headed Gull.

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Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1 & 9-16).

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A very wet Manx Shearwater at the Weaver Sluices during our WeBs count today. It was so wet it couldn’t fly so it held its wings out like a Cormorant and also held its tail out of the water.

Observers: Toni and Ray Sherlock (images 17-20).