Title: The vertebrate fauna of Cheshire and Liverpool Bay
Year: 1910 (1910s)
Authors: Coward, T. A. (Thomas Alfred), 1867-1933
Subjects: Vertebrates Vertebrates
Publisher: London : Witherby
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in Congreve had an immature bird whichwas obtained at Burton in June, 1830, and Mr. TownshendLogan once saM^ two birds flLying over Upton near Chester,evidently passing between the Mersey and Dee.f Brock-holes had an immature bird that was killed on the Dee., On September 10th, 1897, the Rev. H. Dowsett ofHolcombe found one dead on the shore at West Karby,and an adult bird, now in the Grosvenor Museum, Chester,was obtained between Heswall and West Kirby early inFebruary, 1899, Another adult bird in the GrosvenorMuseum was picked up at Queens Ferry on October 17th,1902.J Storm-driven immature Gannets have occurred in variousinland localities. One, now in the Warrington Museum,was picked up alive at Lymm by Mr. E. Gibson on January15th, 1865, and we have seen another that was found in anexhausted condition in a farmyard at Ringway in October,1894, and died two days after its capture. In the autumn * T. A. C, Naturalist, 1901, p. 124.t Dobie, p. 318.t A. Newstead, Field, C. 1902, p. 689.
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EATON HERONRY. BIRDS 301 of the same year a dead Gannet was found by a grouse-drivingparty on the moors at the head of Little Crowden Brook,Longdendale. HERODIONES ARDEIDAE. HERON. Ardea cinerea, Linne.Local names—Crane ; Yarn ; Yern ; Yarn ; Longnix. A common resident in Cheshire. Until quite recent times there were heronries on many ofthe larger estates in Cheshire ; the meres, trout-streamsand marl-pits, and the shallow waters of the estuariesfurnishing an abundant supply of food for the voraciousHeron. Owing to a variety of causes—the felling of nestingtrees, increased fish-preservation, and the destruction byprowling gunners—Herons have been reduced in numbers,and at the present time only two colonies—at Eaton nearChester, and Tabley—exist within the county. The birdmay, however, be met with in all parts ; eight or nine maybe occasionally seen together on the Dee saltings, and oneor two are usually standing motionless in the shallows ofthe larger meres ; even in Longden
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