05.01.22. Birdlog.

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Silver collared Pink-footed Geese (VXI & VXP).

An early start and a watch from the footbridge across M56 motorway at the bottom of Smithy Lane, Helsby.

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Whooper and Bewick’s Swans.

The family of four Bewick’s Swan were immediayely present on arrival with the 21 herd of Whooper Swan and c200 Pink-footed Goose, including the silver coloured neck collared birds which appeared to be either a pair or siblings, because they are alway together? A couple of Little Egret and a Grey Heron were busy finding food in the flooded field. An update from @KaneBrides has confirmed both geese first ringed in Iceland in 2017. VXI is male, and VXP female. Reported in Norfolk Dec 17 -Jan 20, and then Formby & Lytham Moss Oct 2020 and RSPB Marshside Sept 2021.

Noisy traffic from the M56 motorway bridge.
Cattle Egret and Black-headed Gull.

After feasting my eyes on that lot I drove over to Marsh Lane, Ince where one of the four Western Cattle Egret was with four Little Egret.

Observer: WSM (video and images).

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