28.02.13. Birdlog

28.02.13. Birdlog

18 Whooper Swan in field adjacent to Rake Lane, Helsby Marsh, showing well to 100 yards. with 35 Mute Swan.

On the score a Great White Egret, 3 Little Egret, 50 Pink-footed Goose, 1 Peregrine and several Raven (c 10).

The ringtail Hen Harrier was over the west-end of No 6 tank and a 120 flock of Goldfinch. Also c 80 Linnet west-side of No 4 and 30 Meadow Pipits together at Spring Farm.

Observer: Brian Rimmer.

27.02.13. Birdlog

27.02.13. Birdlog

20 Whooper Swan with Mutes in fields between Helsby and No 4 tank these birds have been around for a few months now.

Observer: Ken Dummigan.

27.02.13. Common Buzzard, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton.

No 6 tank: 430 Common Teal, 3 male & 1 female Pintail, 34 Wigeon, 17 Shoveler and 12 Tufted Duck. Also present 56 Golden Plover and 76 Lapwing.

A ringtail Hen Harrier (more about this harrier on Friday) was quartering the fields of No 3 tank and being watched over by 6 Common Buzzard. A Sparrowhawk flapped over the reedbeds at sunset.

27.02.13. Chiffchaff, no 6 tank., Frodsham Marsh. Bill MortonThe shy Chiffchaff was again calling from the elder trees along the track on No 6 tank. Nearby over 21 Ravens were about including a flock of 12 over No 6 tank.

Observer & images: WSM

26.02.13. Birdlog

26.02.13. Birdlog

26,02,13, Yellowhammer, Ince, Cheshire

Yellowhammer at Ince/Frodsham Marsh. Image by Stuart Maddocks.
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The ringtail Hen Harrier was showing well, quartering the western end of No 6 tank. Wildfowl counted were 33 Shelduck, 480 Teal, 54 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 114 Mallard, 8 Shoveler and 9 Tufted Duck. Waders were limited to a male Ruff, 1 Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Redshank with a flock of around 360 Golden Plover only seen overhead. A female Stonechat was in the reeds below the observation point.
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Over on No 4 tank a 2nd summer male Marsh Harrier was being harassed by Ravens.
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The pale morph Buzzard was again on No 3 tank. In flight its pale rufous tail gives it a rather Steppe Buzzard like jizz but when perched it’s clearly a Common Buzzard.
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On the Weaver, 3 Barnacle Geese still with the Canada’s commuting between the estuary and No 1 tank. Also 24 Goldeneye, 74 Tufted Duck, 1 Pochard, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 4 Little Grebes. Low water levels meant a mud bank is again developing on the Bend, hosting 700 Lapwing and 17 Redshank.
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Observer: Greg Baker.
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26,02,13, Grey Wagatil, Ince, Cheshire
Grey Wagtail at Ince/Frodsham Marsh. Image by Stuart Maddocks.
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Stuart Maddocks captured on his camera a small flock of Yellowhammers and Grey Wagtails at the Ince/Frodsham Marsh border (featured).
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26.02.13. Chiffchaff, No 6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton
A Chiffchaff playing hide and seek along the top track of No 6 tank. Image by WSM.
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Cheshire Birder News: While heading east along the A50 between the Mere farm store/petrol station and the crossroads we watched a Red Kite flying over the road then heading west over farm fields.
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Observers: Sparky, WSM

24.02.13. Birdlog

24.02.13. Birdlog

Hen Harrier, Frodsham Marsh. Mark Payne

12 Whooper Swan and 20 Black-tailed Godwit in fields west of No 4 tank.

3 Barnacle Goose with Canada’s on No1 tank.

Bearing in mind the marsh and the Mersey Valley is still attracting four birds (2 males, 2 females) of two species of harrier (Marsh & Hen) which have been present over the last few weeks, today saw a female Hen Harrier on the marsh.

The old Kamira woods attracted a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Goldcrest and a small mixed Siskin/Redpoll flock.

An immature Stonechat at the Lum.

Observer: Frank Duff

Image: Mark Payne

23.02.13. Birdlog

23.02.13. Birdlog

A female Marsh Harrier and a pair of Avocet were on or over No 6 tank, 6 Brambling were along the restricted footpath on Lordship Marsh and a Stonechat by the horse paddock next to the motorway bridge at Marsh Lane.

Observers: Frank Duff, Arthur Harrison

Waxwings in garden 22 Feb 2013. Colin ButlerWaxwings were again in trees along Westfield Road, Runcorn this morning.

Observer: Colin Butler

22.02.13. Birdlog

22.02.13. Birdlog

22.02.13. Sheep with lambs, No 2 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton.

Perhaps not the most flattering image of a young mother with her lambs.
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No 6 Tank: 2 Avocet, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Redshank, 1 Snipe, 61 Shelduck, 300 Teal, 34 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 9 Shoveler, 32 Tufted Duck.
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No 5 Tank: 320 Golden Plover, 47 Curlew, 4 Buzzards including 1 striking pale morph individual.
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Frodsham Score/Ince Marshes: 1 Great White Egret, 1 Little Egret, 17 Whooper Swan, 1 Peregrine, 15 Raven.
22.02.13. Canada & Barnacle Geese, No 1 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton.
.Barnacle with Canada Geese on No 1 tank.
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Weaver Bend and Estuary: 4 Barnacle Geese (also on No1 Tank), 360 Canada Geese, 56 Shelduck, 104 Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard, 26 Goldeneye, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Little Grebe, 6 Oystercatcher.
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Elsewhere: 120 Goldfinch in north-west corner of No 4 Tank, c50 Stock Doves in fields west of No 4 Tank and 20 Chaffinch on No 3 Tank.
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Observer: Greg Baker.
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22.02.13. Starling flock on no 2 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton
400 Canada and 4 Barnacle Goose and a fine male Marsh Harrier hunting the north banks of No 1 tank towards dusk.
No 2 tank: 5000 Starlings feeding with a mixed flock of Golden Plovers and Lapwings. 50 Fieldfare were joining up with the plovers to feed on No 5 tank.
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Observers: Sparky & WSM (and images).

22.02.13. Waxwings in Runcorn (& Widnes)

9 Waxwing again in trees along Festival Way.

Observer: WSM

15 Waxwing in garden at Westfield Road were drinking from pond and eating next door’s berries.

Observer: Colin Butler.

75 Waxwing on the east side of Barrow’s Green Lane c.80m north of the Weates Close junction, Widnes.

c/o Richard Smith.

Jack Ashton-Booth (Bird & Wildlife Artist)

Jack Aston-BoothEvery now and then I will include posts like the one below to give a plug to someone or something. On this occasion I would like to give Jack Ashton-Booth a mention. Jack is one of those enthusiastic young artists who carry with them a gift to capture the wildlife wonders and magic of their time. The measure of a wildlife artist is not always how realistic they can draw or paint but the ideas they create. I think Jack has got those qualities and hopefully you can share is work. Jack is currently finishing off illustrations for Kate Humble’s beginners bird guide and will be holding his first exhibition at Spurn this Spring. You can find out more about is work at http://dunbirdin.blogspot.co.uk/. Good luck with the publication, matey.

ARTIST REVIEW

Being surrounded by art throughout a young age whilst living with my Dad and Brothers. I was always drawing and once I realised the best way to really absorb birds and wildlife around me was by putting pen to paper was for me the turning point, where I began to look at nature rather than just seeing it. JAB

19.02.13. Birdlog

19.02.13. Birdlog

19.02.13.Model plane stranded from the south banks of No 6 tank, Frodsham Marsh

I managed an hour and forty minutes of birding this evening until the sun sank over Stanlow Oil Refinery…How serene.

The image (opposite) shows the tail end of a model aircraft that crashed on No 6 tank sometime ago. A very expensive ‘adult toy’ and now a convenient perched for the local crows.

Watching from the south banks of No 6 tank helped with the evening light. Duck species continue to be the main attraction with 100+ Mallard, 2 Pintail, 9 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 50 Tufted Duck, 12 Common Pochard and 150 Common Teal.

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600 Golden Plover and 400 Lapwing were impressive when they all rose in the air frightened by some unseen threat?

A female Hen Harrier dropped down to roost on the tank and a female Marsh Harrier was hunting over No 4 tank until light stopped play.

19.02.13. Reed Bunting from the south banks of No 6 tank, Frodsham Marsh

10 Ravens were ever-present and are swiftly becoming something of common sight here. Reed Buntings gathered for a communal roost with in excess of 100 birds present.

Observer: WSM

Opposite Reed Bunting in hawthorn tree on the southern bank of No 6 tank.

 

19.02.13. Mud Glorious Mud, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

Mud glorious mud and plenty of it! No 6 tank looking north-east from the south-west.

A Little Egret watched over No 5 tank by Arthur Harrison added to a good day tally.

19.02.13. Sun set and jet from the south banks of No 6 tank, Frodsham Marsh

A jet with its vapour trail scarring the evening sky.

All images by WSM.