01.01.13. Birdlog

01.01.13. Birdlog

01.01.13. Frodsham Score from the north banks of No 4 tank. WSM.

The Manchester Ship Canal with Frodsham Score ahead. An oasis in a diminishing landscape. Image by WSM.

High tide on Frodsham Score was most notable for the variety and abundance of birds there today. 2 Great White Egret had an entourage of 15 Little Egret scattered about. A Water Rail, 100 Oystercatcher, 6 Ringed, 1 Green Sandpiper, 100 Grey and 400 Golden Plover were also present. 30,000 Dunlin was impressive by any ones reckoning. 700 Canada Geese held just a single Barnacle and 34 Whooper Swans in two flocks plus 30 Mute and a solitary Black Swan. A flock of 300 Stock Dove on the score have to be the largest count in the county so far this year?

Observers: Frank Duff, Mark Payne, WSM.

Elsewhere a single Black-tailed Godwit was with 300 Common Teal, 6 Wigeon, 15 Pochard and 23 Tufted Duck on No 6 tank.

10 Raven were about No 5 tank. The big female Peregrine was aloft on the blue-topped chimney. 30 Linnet were in Elder bushes on No 3 tank.

6 Brambling and small numbers of Siskins along Godscroft Lane.

Frank tallied 66 species for the day and he wasn’t even ‘Footing It’!

Observers: Arthur Harrison, Paul Crawley, WSM, Nigel, Harley and Findlay Wilde.

01.01.13. The Wilde Bunch, Frodsham Marsh. WSM.

01.01.12. The Wilde Bunch, Frodsham Marsh. WSM.

The Wilde Boys enjoying birding on No 6 tank. Image by WSM.

Common Snipe. Findlay Wilde

Common Snipe by Findlay Wilde. wildeaboutbirds.blogspot.co.uk