15.07.12. Birdlog (The Whatwit?)

15.07.12. Birdlog.

1 Common Sandpiper. 3 Red Knot, 1 Avocet, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Bar-tailed and 600 Black-tailed Godwit on No 6 tank and 2 male Whinchat on No 5 tank showing well from Black mesh gate, 2 Yellow Wagtail. Also male and female Marsh Harrier over No 4 tank..

Observers: Paul Crawley, Frank Duff, Mark Payne and Alyn Chambers

Hudsonian Whatwit? Image by Paul Crawley.

The hit counter went ballistic on this one!!

If it was on migration on the south-east coast of the US you would be confident in identifying it as Hudsonian Godwit! But it’s on a marsh in North West Cheshire, England and it’s today until 3.00 pm. The general consensus is it’s  Hudsonian Godwit and despite a watch of Black-tailed Godwits coming into roost, the bird did not reappear. It’s likely it is with the 1,200 plus birds on or about the River Mersey at either Pickerings Pasture, Halebank, Widnes or will come onto the marsh tomorrow. The flock has been around the area for a few days but this bird is new in today.

The Godwit was found at approx 10.15 am and present until 3.00 pm. Only one observer saw the underwing and states it was white? Unless he was mistaken by other birds moving about in the flock? Consider this when you make arrangements to travel to Frodsham. If I was you I’d take the chance.

If you come and the bird is available please remember it is a working site and under no circumstances are you allowed on to the deposit tanks. Please park sensibly or make use of parking in Marsh Lane and walk the mile to the location.

Good luck!