18.09.12. Birdlog & Nature Notes #12

18.09.12. Birdlog

An after work trip to the marsh involved a later than anticipated start. So, at 6.00 pm I drove down to Frodsham Marsh with glorious sunshine beaming through the car window. On site and scope set up and focusing the wheel on the usual teal flock on No 6 tank.

I managed counts of 22 Shoveler, 6 Wigeon, 10 Gadwall and 150 Teal with the Garganey again tucked up within their numbers. 200 Common Gulls were pre-roost bathing before heading out to the estuary. A couple of Redshank and 20 Black-tailed Godwit were also present.

No longer had I began to scan through the flock again when a malevolent rain cloud came through to scupper any further attempt at birding and a retreat home was the best option.

Nature Notes #12

With not a lot to write about and away from birding for a change I thought, snails!

With all this rain it’s ideal weather for a couple of species of snails to savour (with Garlic if your like French cuisine). The Brown-lipped image is from Delamere Forest in August and the White-lipped from Frodsham Marsh this month.

Brown-lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea nemoralis). Image by WSM.

White-lipped Banded Snail (Capaea hortensis). Image by Paul Crawley.

The Brown-lipped Snail is common in a variety of habitats and is abundant at this time of year. Both species get their names from the base of the shell where the body emerges from the it. The White-lipped shares the same type of habitat as the Brown-lipped but tolerates much wetter areas. Check out the links below for further details of both species.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grove_snail

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White-lipped_snail