17.04.13. Birdlog

For the Attention of Birders:

If you are bird watching on the marsh please refrain from walking along the top banks of any of the deposit tanks. Firstly, it’s out-of-bounds (warning signs are in place about toxic Blue Green algae). Secondly, you could potentially disturb nesting birds which are vulnerable at the best of times. Thirdly, if you do this then you are drawing attention to birders and your poor fieldcraft. Copies of birdwatchers code of conduct and fieldcraft skills can be obtained online. The welfare of nesting birds is a priority, take the time to enjoy our birds but not at the cost of their welfare. Also, if you witness suspicious activity (egg collectors) then it is wise to take registration numbers (if cars are present), details about persons and inform the police.

17.04.13. Birdlog

17.04.13. Marsh Harrier and Easy Jet over Frodsham Marsh. Stuart Maddocks

Female Marsh Harrier & Easy Jet both pictured over the marsh today.

3 Marsh Harrier (together-2 Male and sub-adult female), possibility of another female but cannot be certain?

2-4 Grey Wagtail along the Holpool Gutter and on a dung heap 80 yards further to the West.

50 Golden Plover and 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Wheatear were not bothered by a Common Buzzard perched a few feet away on the pipes on No 1 tank/Marsh Farm.

17.04.13. Marsh Harrier (female), Frodsham Marsh. Stuart Maddocks

100 Curlew on Lordship Lane, 2 Redshanks, 2 Common Snipe were flushed by the male Marsh Harrier and a Common Buzzard.

I Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Avocet briefly on No 6 with the gulls and 4 Raven.

Ciao from Guido D’Isidoro.

17.04.13. Peregrine, Frodsham Marsh. Stuart maddocks

An adult Peregrine flying through.

Male and female Blackcap in thickets along the track to Ince marsh, Swallow. House and Sand Martin were continuing to increase in numbers. On the track of No 5-6 tanks. A ‘reeling’ Grasshopper Warbler, Sedge and Willow Warblers singing to add to the variety of bird song.

Observers: Stuart Maddocks (all images), Paul Ralston.