27.10.12. Birdlog

27.10.12. Birdlog

Sign at Marsh Farm. Image by WSM.

350 Teal, 65 Tufted Duck, 16 Pochard, 2 pairs Wigeon and two Pintail were on No 6 tank.

Whooper Swans flew over No 6 tank from the score and 9 (presumed) different Whooper settled briefly on the Weaver Estuary at about the same time.

500 Golden Plover were disturbed by shooters from No 3 tank and had difficulties in settling on undisturbed ground. Later 50 settled on the relatively secure No 6 tank with c400 Lapwing. 4 Common Snipe and 2 Water Rail were also heard and/or seen.

An arctic blast with clear blue skies was the backcloth to a fine days birding. An astonishing 51 Ravens feasting on or about dead sheep. 27 were wheeling over Frodsham Score and an additional 10 feasting on a dead sheep on No 3 and 14 sparring with two Buzzards on and over No5 tank.

A big female Peregrine was watched preening on the blue-topped power station chimney at Weston Point. The juvenile/female Marsh Harrier continues to find the area suitable for its needs with a sighting on No 5 tank.

Five of the record number of Ravens present on the marsh today. No 5 tank with the soon to be demolished blue topped power station chimney. Image by WSM.

The male Stonechat continues to be found adjacent to the cattle grid on the approach to Marsh Farm and several flocks of Fieldfare and smaller numbers of Redwing were moving about. 19 Long-tailed Tit, Goldcrest and Grey Wagtail were also noted.

Long-tailed Tit, No 5 tank. Image by Paul Crawley.

Out of the cold wind the southern banks of the tanks gathered the suns rays and provided enough warmth for a Migrant Hawker Dragonfly and a tatty Small Tortoiseshell to take to the wing.

Starlings coming to reedbed roost on No 6 tank. Image by WSM.

Observers: Frank Duff, Peter and Richard Nicholls, Guido D’Isidoro , Don Weedon, WSM.

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