10.11.12. Birdlog. (counting up)
Frodsham Score was on form again with 2,000 Canada Geese and within their midst was a Barnacle Goose and 2 Small Grey Geese ( both melted into the flock before being identified.
2 Little Egret and a Great White Egret were reward for the long trek to the north-west corner of No 4 tank for views across the Score (with thanks to Guido for a bit of pot-hole driving. AMB, WSM).
View of Mount Manisty on Frodsham Score from the north banks of No 4 tank. Image by Tony Broome.
Immature male and female Goldeneye were on the Ship Canal below No 4 tank. Upwards of 450 Teal, 23 Shoveler, 4 Wigeon, male and female RD and a pair of Pintail on No 6 tank.
Tony Broome with his de-mob coat c1970, birding Frodsham Score today. Image by WSM.
The usual pair of Peregrines was positioned on the tall blue-topped chimney at Weston Point, Several Buzzards were present including a well-marked intermediate individual. A Merlin was on Frodsham Score and a female Sparrowhawk was again active and putting the frighteners on the Starling flocks.
Waders present in the area included flocks of Common Snipe with 20, 15 and 35 in flight over the tank.
3 Water Rails were disputing winter feeding territory below the viewing area on No 6 tank.
Upwards of 40 Raven were present on the marsh today and one particular bird bore colour rings to its legs, left green over yellow and green on right leg, this individual was present on No 5 tank. The other birds were divided between No 5 tank and Frodsham Score.
Fieldfare were evident with flocks of various sizes moving through with a maximum of 53 in one flock. Both Blackbirds and Song Thrush numbers were again in good numbers a combined count of 20 Song Thrushes along the track at No 6 tank was fairly typical for the day.
2 Stonechat near Marsh farm were birds seen in previous weeks.
Observers: Arthur Harrison, Guido D’Isidoro , Frank Duff, Tony Broome (VIP appearance), WSM.
Got an email from John Barber who was watching No 6 tank and said: Several hundred Golden Plover were present around 8.30am, close to the viewing position and in good light. After a few minutes I picked out a bird which looked almost identical to yesterday’s bird at Pickering Pasture ( possibly the same bird ?? ) So I carefully watched it for about twenty minutes, until it finally raised and stretched it’s wings, revealing white axillaries – so this particular bird wasn’t an American Golden Plover.