12.01.13. Birdlog (WeBS Count)


12.01.13. Birdlog (WeBS Count).

12.01.13. Ravens, No 5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. WSM (11)

Christ Church spire at Weston Point and Stobart’s warehouses beyond. But, more importantly one of over 30 Ravens hanging out at Frodsham today.

Frodsham Score: 16 Whooper and a single Bewick’s Swan, 5 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 4 Pink-footed and 20 Barnacle Goose. 34 Raven opposite Marsh Farm/Score and another 14 on No 5 tank (dwarfing a flock of 30 Jackdaws) as predicted after the high tides and feasting on sheep carcasses washed up on the score. The wintering Common Sandpiper heard calling along the ship canal.

12.01.13. Dunlin roost, No 6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. WSM.
Dunlin roost, No 6 tank,
No 6 tank was fairly quiet on the high tide: 1,000 Dunlin, 6 Grey Plover, 300 Golden Plover, 1,300 Lapwing, 67 Mallard, 256 Common Teal, 4 Shoveler, 17 Pochard, 19 Wigeon, 23 Tufted Duck, 14 Cormorant some in breeding plumage! Also a Merlin chasing the Dunlin off the tank and 2 adult Peregrine were resting up on the familiar blue-topped chimney.
A mixture of finches today most notably Siskins on No 3 tank and Brambling on the track onto No 6 tank.
Observers: Brian Rimmer, Frank Duff. Lee Lappin, WSM and Paul Shenton (check Paul’s blog at