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

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