12.04.13. Birdlog

12.04.13. Birdlog

12.04.13. Dead Rat 'hanging', No 6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

The image opposite was taken as it looks ‘hanging out to dry’, presumably deposited by a Buzzard or Owl over night?

A male and a young female Marsh Harrier was present through the marsh today.

Little Egret flying to the Weaver Bend.

A Whooper Swan with 34 Mute Swan just south of No 4 tank off Lordship Lane.

150 Golden Plover on No 1 tank and still a flock of 14 Fieldfare there alongside 4 Wheatear. Another Wheatear (male) was in a ploughed field east of No 6 tank.

12.04.13. Sludge Pipe, No 6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

Other migrants coming through included 6 Swallow over No 4 tank and a single Sand Martin. A female Brambling was with Chaffinch and 10 Reed Bunting along Lordship Lane.

The image opposite is of the sludge pipe filling No 6 tank with a cocktail of ship canal slurry.

No 6 tank still held 140 Common Teal, 20 Tufted Duck and 10 Shoveler. Also 3 Avocet, 100 Black-tailed Godwit and a single Ruff.

Additional species observed: Meadow Pipit 30 + ( 12 together on track to Marsh Farm ) 2 Merlin ( One at 18:00 hrs on Lordship Lane and one at 18.45 hrs at Marsh Farm ) may or may not be the same bird, 10 Common Buzzard, 40 Blackbird (mostly male),

Observer: Guido D’Isidoro was the main observer today reporting the majority of the sightings. Other observers Paul Crawley, Frank Duff, WSM