15.12.12. Birdlog (WeBS Count)

15.12.12. Birdlog (WeBS Count)

15.12.12. No 6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. WSM.

Above: No 6 tank and a view looking west to Stanlow.

Below: Dunlin leaving after high tide.

15.12.12. Dunlin flock over No 6 tank. WSM.

Duck numbers were looking good with 462 Common Teal, 24 Common Pochard, 12 Tufted Duck, 68 Mallard, 16 Shoveler, 10 Common Shelduck and 5 pairs of Wigeon.

15.12.12. Dunlin flock, Frodsham Marsh. WSM.

Dunlin ‘blizzard’ on No 6 tank.

High tide on No 6 tank was really dramatic with 12 Ringed Plover, 200 Grey Plover, 94 Knot, 4,600 Dunlin, a single Bar-tailed Godwit, 120 Curlew, 2 Redshank and chaperoning the assembled throng was a persistent female Merlin upsetting the roosting flocks.

15.12.12. Merlin and Dunlin flock, No 6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. WSM.

A Merlin playing skittles with the Dunlin and Grey Plover flock.

No 3 tank held 890 Lapwing and 700 Golden Plovers and for a change only one shooter today!

Raven numbers appear down on previous weeks perhaps the present high tides will bring some fresh sheep carcasses on the Score?

The Weaver Estuary was good for Goldeneye with 6 males and a mixture of 11 immature/females making up the remainder. 10 Little Grebe, 50 Common Teal, 10 Pochard and 6 Tufted Duck made up the rest.

15.12.12. Waxwing, Frodsham Marsh. WSM.

15.12.12. Brook Furlong Lane and Waxwings, Frodsham Marsh. WSM.

Brook Furlong Lane and Waxwings.

Highlight of the day was finding a flock of 25 Waxwing along Brook Furlong Lane at around 2.00 pm. One or two of them were engaging in fly-catching sorties from the telegraph wires along the old birdlog track. New marsh birds are few and far between for me so, a worthy and much welcomed box ticked off! Arthur managed to get down to see them before they moved out towards the Ship Street end.

Hopefully, other birders will connect with them tomorrow? I know one who’ll be keener than most, Frank!

Observers: Arthur Harrison, WSM.

All images by WSM.