20.10.12. Birdlog

20.10.12. Birdlog

Arty fish-eye image, Frodsham Score. Image by WSM.

No 6 tank: 64 Tufted Duck, 8 Pochard, 400 Teal, small numbers of Gadwall, Pintail and Wigeon.

A female Merlin was observed in flight low over the Michaelmas Daisy clumps and later in the evening perched on the tree stump in the centre of the tank. Upwards of 10 Buzzards were at various locations across the marsh.

Wader wise 384 Golden Plover, 4 Ruff, 3 Black-tailed Godwit and single Grey Plover. A Water Rail was squealing from the reedbed on No 6 tank.

(17 Common Snipe were on No 6 yesterday. Observed by Arthur Harrison).

The birdlog road (Half Furlong Lane) had a roving flock of 20 Long-tailed Tit, a single Redwing and 3 Lesser Redpolls flying over were noted. Also present along the banks was this Great Spotted Woodpecker. A male and female Stonechat were present by the cattle grid on the approach track to Marsh Farm.

Great Spotted Woodpecker. Image by Paul Ralston

Frodsham Score: 5-6 Little Egret and 2 Great White Egrets (WSM) were again present (from yesterday, PR).

Record shot of the Great White Egret from yesterday. Image by Paul Ralston.

High tide on the score saw 6 Whooper Swan and upwards of 1000 Canada Geese which pulled in a single Barnacle plus, 3 (1st winter) Greenland (flavirostris) White-fronted Goose (WSM). Other wildfowl included 50 Wigeon and a flock of 500 Teal.

100 Grey and 54 Golden Plover. An incredible 200 Oystercatcher! Single Bar and Black-tailed Godwit, 230 Curlew, 75 Dunlin, 1 Ruff and 34 Redshank was worthy of the watch.

8 Raven over the score added to the picture there.

Also present from the pools below the north bank of No 4 tank was yet more squealing Water Rails.

Observers: Frank Duff, Guido D’Isidoro, Paul Ralston, WSM