07.10.12. Birdlog

07.10.12. Birdlog

Several skeins of (80 north, 122 west, 200 north, 95 north and 100 north; counts as they came) Pink-footed Geese were observed ‘on the move’ from 8.30 am until lunch time. Counts probably attributed to the isolated foggy conditions in various parts of Cheshire, Merseyside and Lancashire and/or a widespread influx.

Pink-footed Geese (heading north), over Frodsham Marsh. Image by Paul Crawley.

A Peregrine patrolling the skies and a Sparrowhawk was scouring along the hedges.

Shorebirds featured 29 Black-tailed Godwit, Snipe and 20 Golden Plover.

Coal Tit, No 5 tank, Image by Paul Crawley

5 Coal Tits were passage migrants joining up with the Long-tailed Tits and Goldcrests five of which were in the hawthorn hedge east of No 5 tank. Likewise, Jays and Great Spotted Woodpecker were typical sightings when passerines are on the move. 6 Swallows did not linger heading south with some urgency.

Observers: Paul Crawley, Frank Duff, Peter and Richard Nicholls.

Putting faces to names is Peter Nicholls ‘chilling’ on the bank of No 6 tank today. Unlike his son Richard who should have used the ‘Head and Shoulders’ shampoo! Image by Paul Crawley