22.07.12. Birdlog & Nature Notes #7

22.07.12. Birdlog.

A Water Rail calling from the south-east corner of No 4 tank. 3 Yellow Wagtail and Grasshopper Warbler at Lordship Marsh.  A female Whinchat was present on No 5 tank. In the evening 3 Spotted Redshank dropped in. Both Marsh Harriers were observed.

A Fox caught an adult Coot on No 6 tank today!

A welcome return of fine weather saw the butterflies emerging and showing well. Several Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Gatekeeper, Comma (featured), Red Admiral and Meadow Brown. Also seen was a Common Footman moth (PC).

Observers: Paul Crawley, Sparky, WSM.

Comma, No 5 tank. Image by WSM.

Common Footman Moth. Image by Paul Crawley.

21.07.12. Birdlog

21.07.12. Birdlog.

Hobby flying through the marsh, 3 Snipe, 250 Dunlin on No 6 tank and a Water Rail calling from the south-east corner of No 4 tank.

Observer: Paul Crawley

Dunlin ‘dropping in’ on No 6 tank.

Common Snipe on No 6 tank.

Above image of recently fledged Sedge Warbler.

Below image of recently fledged Whitethroat.

All images by Paul Crawley.

20.07.12. Birdlog

20.07.12. Birdlog (No 6 tank).

An evening visit produced a roving flock of 7 Green Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel, 5 Black-tailed Godwit and 400 Dunlin. The male Marsh Harrier dropped onto No 6 tank for a brief period. A Little Egret flew in then thought better of it and continued out towards the estuary.

Observer: WSM

Black-tailled Godwit, Whimbrel and Lapwings on No 6 tank.

View of Moel Famau (554 metre high Welsh hill) with Stanlow Oil Refinery in the foreground looking west from No 6 tank.

All Images by WSM.

19.07.12. Birdlog

19.07.12. Birdlog

250 Dunlin, Knot, small flock of Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, Snipe, Common and Green Sandpiper on No 6 tank. A male Marsh Harrier was quartering No 6 tank flipped over the banks and continued hunting over No’s 3 and 5 tanks.

A male Bullfinch was in willow thicket by the approach road to No 6 tank.

Walking back to Marsh Lane from No 6 tank I curiously found an Anglers keep net full of dead medium-sized Eels. Presumably discarded from the hauled out recently dredged out dyke at the junction there this evening?

Observers: Ian Igglesden. Sparky and WSM

18.07.12. Birdlog.

18.07.12. Birdlog.

Highlight was an adult Yellow-legged Gull at the pre-roost on No 6 tank. A 1st summer Mediterranean Gull with 700 Black-headed and an assortment of Common and Lesser-Black backed Gulls.

Yellow-legged Gull (in situ), No 6 tank. Image by WSM

Same gull, same tank, different photographer. Image by Ian Igglesden.

5 Whimbrel dropped in briefly and 400 Curlew gathered together to roost on the tank. 50 Dunlin joined the post breeding flocks of Lapwings. Small numbers of Black-tailed Godwits had an ‘after the party feel’ about them.

Whinchat, No 5 tank, Image by Ian Igglesden

An adult and juvenile Whinchat on No 5 tank beggars the question how local are these birds?

Observers: Ian Igglesden and WSM.

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Tony Broome’s art work.

Long-billed Dowitcher, Frodsham Marsh by Tony Broome.

Dotterel, Frodsham Marsh, Tony Broome.

Terek Sandpiper, No 5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. 1999. Tony Broome.

17.07.12. Birdlog.

17.07.12. Birdlog.

400 Black-tailed Godwit at first light. 12 Curlew. 6 Ringed Plovers also on no.6
tank. 2 Water Rails calling in south east corner of No.4 tank near metal gate.
Male and female Marsh Harrier over No. 4 and No.3 tank.

Observer: D Wilson.

In the evening, one 2nd summer and an adult summer Mediterranean Gull, 500 Black-headed Gull, 20 Common Gull (including a partial luecistic bird), 392 summer Dunlin, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Redshank, 38 Cormorant,

Observer: WSM .

16.07.12. Birdlog (White underwing is the new Black!)

16.07.12. Birdlog.

2 Ruff, 1 Knot, 140 Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, 250 Dunlin, 3 Sanderling, 3 Yellow Wagtail, one 3rd summer Yellow-legged Gull.

Observers: Chris Batty, Ian Igglesden and Mark Payne.

…and the answer to the Mystery bird is…Black-tailed Godwit. Hands up if you got it right? And how many of you were hiding behind the parapet yesterday?

Obviously with views of the underwing of the aberrant Godwit we can rest assured that it is not Hudsonian Godwit! However, good news! The assembled twitchers found a 3rd summer Yellow-legged Gull…every cloud etc!

Video grab Images by Chris Batty.

Above two images by Alyn Chambers.

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!

14.07.12. Birdlog.

14.07.12. Birdlog.

Mr Twain must have heard my moan from yesterday and gifted us with some welcome sunshine today!

Frodsham’s big flock of Black-tailed Godwits dwindled today to 600 birds the rest were taking a sabbatical at Pickerings Pasture across the river.

250 Dunlin, 30 Redshank, 3 Avocet and singles each of Knot and Common Sandpiper  were all on No 6 tank.

Green Sandpiper on No 3 tank, 2 Yellow Wagtails (male and female), female Marsh Harrier on Lordship Marsh and male Marsh Harrier seen on five different occasions all over the marsh.

Observers: Frank Duff and Paul Crawley.

Reed Warbler on Lordship Marsh.

Image by Paul Crawley.