21.10.12. Birdlog

21.10.12. Birdlog

Land of the sinking Sun.

Frodsham Score, scored today notching up one of the two Great White Egrets from the previous two days and, 4 Little Egrets were also seen. A juvenile/female Red-breasted Merganser was the highlight being a difficult species to find this far away from the coast. Bar & Black-tailed Godwits and Grey Plovers on the shoreline were again notable. Also taking advantage of the plentiful supply of avian grub was a Merlin (FD).

2 Short-eared Owls gave exceptional views this evening on No 5 tank. Upwards of 13 Raven were sharing a dead sheep at Marsh Farm with an adult Great Black-backed Gull.

No 6 tank attracted 250 Golden Plover, 2 Ruff and a single Ringed Plover. 86 Tufted Duck, 14 Pochard and 24 roosting Cormorant.

Elsewhere the Great Spotted Woodpecker was again present but this time hanging out along Marsh Lane. A Sparrowhawk was also on this area.

Observers: Frank Duff, Arthur Harrison, Don Weedon, Bob Holland, WSM.

Travelling along the M56 motorway eastbound and approaching Helsby and Frodsham Marshes, I noticed what appeared to be a dead (fresh(ish) road kill) European Polecat on the hard shoulder.

Evening mist gathering in and spilling out of No 5 tank. All images by WSM.