26.09.21. Birdlog.

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Pink-footed Geese fresh in from Iceland.

I Looking over the Mersey Estuary from the Manchester Ship Canal where hundreds of Black-tailed Godwit, Common Redshanks and Eurasian Curlew could be seen foraging on the exposed mud with a flock of Pied Avocet were feeding close into the bank and out of view for most of the time I was watching there.

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A mixture of birds on No.6 tank.

On the River Weaver were c60 Northern Pintail were settled near to the Weaver Bend, but flushed and made their way out to the estuary where Mallard, Tufted Duck, Eurasian Teal and Gadwall were also present.

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The exposed mud on the Weaver Bend.

On the sand bank a collection of c1000 Common Redshank, c40 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff and a single Curlew Sandpiper made the most of the low water. Canada Goose were numerous and the flock held a few Greylag with them.

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Pintails in flight.

Onward to No.6 tank which held a good variety of wildfowl with Northern Shoveler, Eurasian Teal, Mallard, Gadwall, Northern Pintail and Eurasian Wigeon being noted.

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One of the Curlew Sandpipers.

The c2000 Black-tailed Godwit were resting or foraging in the shallow water with 14 Ruff, the 3 Curlew Sandpiper, several Common Snipe and a European Golden Plover.

Looking over Frodsham Score and 2 Great Egret were seen in the distance and Common Raven and Great Black-backed Gull were feasting on the sheep carcases and a Common Buzzard sat waiting for its turn.

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Mute Swan pair with their cygnets.

On the Holpool Gutter and a pair of Mute Swan and 4 cygnets were feeding on the vegetation.

Walking back past No.6 and a skein of c80 Pink-footed Goose dropped down onto the water but flushed moments later when spooked by the rapid gunfire from the activity centre.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.

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