16.04.13. Birdlog

16.04.13. Birdlog

16.04.13. Wheatears and Rabbit on No 1 tank, frodsham Marsh. Paul Crawley

4 Wheatear on pipes along No 1 tank with a Rabbit, then a female Sparrowhawk landed on a fence nearby and the Wheatear immediately took refuge inside the pipes.

16.04.13. Sparrowhawk. No1 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Crawley.

3 Wheatear in horse paddock field by Motorway/Marsh Lane bridge.

Observers: Paul Crawley, Peter Blud and Arthur Harrison. Peter saw a Cuckoo towards the Weaver Bend.

Male Marsh Harrier by the Pumping Station pool, 10 Redshank and 3 White Wagtail on No 6 tank.

Observer & images: Paul Crawley.

Both male and female Marsh Harrier were over at Ince Marshes where Yellowhammer were singing along the hedgerows there.

16.04.13. Yellowhammer, Ince Marsh. Stuart Maddocks

Observer & image: Stuart Maddocks.

A male Redstart reported from the viewing area on No 6 tank this evening but could not be relocated and 2 additional Wheatear on No 5 tank.

Observers: Unknown.

21 roosting Cormorant, 32 Tufted Duck, 60 Common Teal, 7 Shoveler, 20 Common Shelduck with an additional 60 on ploughed field east of No 6 tank. Also a Sedge Warbler singing from reedbeds on No 6 tank.

Small numbers of ‘summer’ Golden Plovers on No 3 tank and 6 Raven over the score.

Observer: WSM

WeBS Meeting @ Wigg Island

WeBS Meeting @ Wigg Island This Thursday 18th April 6.30 pm 

24.03.13. Black-tailed Godwits, Ince, Stuart Maddocks.

The next WeBS meeting will be this Thursday at Wigg Island Visitor Centre off Mason Street, Runcorn. Starting at 6.30 pm but we’ll be there from 5.00 pm for a spot of birding from the banks of the River Mersey. Everyone is welcome to attend. No commitment, and no entrance fee.

Good company and an insight into the work of the BTO volunteers counting birds on our river.

Liverpool Landscape with a rising tide

The original ‘Mersey Sound’ is the sound of wild ducks on the river. Image by Toni Ray Sherlock

The Mersey Estuary is one of Britain’s best wetlands. We know this because each month we count the waterfowl as part of the national Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS).  However, the current team are well past retirement and we desperately need new counters.

Email Dermot Smith to register interest and directions or just turn up all welcome.

Check out Dermot’s Facebook page for recent reports and photos on the Mersey Estuary WeBS Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Mersey-Estuary-WeBS/216178248450013.