22.09.12. Birdlog

22.09.12. Birdlog

The eclipse drake Garganey was again with the 400 Teal in the evening, 1 Pintail, 5 Wigeon, 24 Shoveler and 23 Tufted Duck. On the tide 45 Ringed Plover, 30 Golden Plover, 250 Dunlin, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Sanderling, 1 Turnstone, 8 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Redshank.

Above image of stricken Dunlin on No 6 tank.

A big female Peregrine hurtled out of the sky to ambush the wader roost and selecting her victim she hit hard and fast. Unfortunately for her and her victim the strike was a glancing blow throwing her selected Dunlin prey spinning into the water. Despite several attempts to retrieve her meal she gave up and left the mortally wounded Dunlin struggling to find dry land. During these attacks the wader was observed diving below the water surface to avoid capture. The luck or lack of it, of the Dunlin was short-lived (very much like its future existence).

Dunlin of subspecies alpina (probably female) with Common Teal, No 6 tank. All images by WSM.

A Great Spotted Woodpecker over No 6 tank and small parties of Siskin, Meadow Pipit and Skylark were part of ‘vismig’ and being noteworthy.

All reports from No 6 tank except for 400 Lapwings over Frodsham Score and a Raven over No 4 tank.

Observers: Paul Crawley, Peter and Richard Nicholls, WSM.

08.10.12. Mersey Estuary Conservation Group Meeting

The Mersey Estuary Conservation Group will be having a general meeting at Pickerings Pasture Visitor Centre off Mersey Road, Halebank, Widnes on Monday 8th October at 2.00 pm. All welcome to attend.

An opportunity to listen to and participate in issues which affect us all who use the river for recreation.

Some points of interest on the agenda include:

Upper Mersey Green Spaces.

MNA’s Osprey nest site proposal.

Tidal power on the Mersey.

Wind Turbines at Frodsham Marsh.