04.10.21. Birdlog.

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The resident female Whooper Swan at Spike Isnad, Widnes.

An after work visit to No.6 tank with a very much reduced numbers of Black-tailed Godwit with perhaps c450 birds. A few Common Snipe and 21 Ruff, 2 European Golden Plover, 45 Common Redshank and 213 Northern Lapwing.

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Curlew.

Ducks were again in good numbers with 78 Eurasian Wigeon, 211 Northern Shoveler, 87 Northern Pintail, 34 Mallard and 97 Tufted Duck. A young Western Marsh Harrier drifted over and several skiens of Pink-footed Goose headed to the Dee.

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Three of the five Ruddy Shelduck off Spike Island.
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Bill detail of the Whooper Swan.
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Whooper Swan.

Spike Island is a very underatted site at West Bank, Widnes and the sight of a family party of 5 Ruddy Shelduck, 67 European Golden Plover, 200 Eurasian Teal and the female Whooper Swan ruling the roost with the resident Mute’s.

Observer and images: WSM.

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Cattle Egret.

The Western Cattle Egret and 3 Little Egret were again in with the pigs along Kinsey Lane, Ince. Image by David Eisner.