20.11.21. Birdog.

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Whooper Swan and Pink-footed Geese.

I was out at first light and around No.6 and No.4 tanks. Again there was a decent selection of wildfowl on No.6 with Northern Shoveler, Eurasian Teal, Mallard, Eurasian Wigeon, Tufted Duck and Common Shelduck all present in numbers. A flock of c40 Black-tailed Godwit flew in circles before settling amongst the teal on the water. Ten additional godwit were with c50 Northern Lapwings on the ‘phalarope pool’.

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The stubble field alongside the Holpool gutter held more godwit and c60 Eurasian Curlews. A Peregrine scattered the feral pigeons feeding on the stubble on Lordship Marsh and a Sparrowhawk snatched a Redwing from its perch in the hawthorns, 15 Whooper Swan, 2 Mute Swan and 61 Pink-footed Goose were gathered together on marsh there with a further 3 Mute were in another field nearby.

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I stopped off at Ince on my way home where 7 Western Cattle Egret and 15 Little Egret were amongst the pigs. Out on the salt marshes were numerous egrets 2 of which were Great Egret. A mass of European Golden Plover took to the air spooked by an unseen predator and more winter thrushes were passing overhead.

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Observer and images: Paul Ralston.