15.05.12. Birdlog

Grasshopper Warbler image by WSM

A blustery evening saw Julie and I taking an after work stroll around No 6 tank. Due to the strength of the wind most birds were keeping a low profile. A Peregrine swooped low over the tank but couldn’t muster much interest from the nesting birds and duly departed out to the estuary.75 Black-tailed Godwits huddled together to reduce wind drag. A Cuckoo singing from the fence alongside No 5 tank was notable. A Grasshopper Warbler ‘reeled’ away on the lea side of No 6 tank. We bumped into Frodsham stalwart Arthur Harrison before we departed and enjoyed a quick chat.

Black-tailed Godwit (update)

Received an email today regarding the Black-tailed Godwit featured on a previous post,

Enclosed response from Jenny Gill to my email about this bird.

Dr Jennifer Gill

School of Biological Sciences

University of East Anglia

Web: http://bioweb2.bio.uea.ac.uk/faculty/GillJ.aspx

Hi Bill,

 Very many thanks for reporting this sighting. From the photo, I would say that this bird has YELLOW over LIME GREEN on the right tibia – this makes it a bird ringed in Iceland, but there will also be two rings on the left tibia that we would need to know to be able to identify the individual. Did you happen to see the rings on the left leg at all?
Many thanks,
My reply reads; Unfortunately the images I took did not show the birds other coloured leg rings.
Thanks to Mark Payne and Rich Bonser for links.