10.05.13. Birdlog

10.05.13. Birdlog

10.05.13. Weaver Bend from Helsby Hill. Bill Morton.

After work trip to the marsh resulted in a call from Frank that he was watching a Hobby chasing the Swifts over the Weaver Bend and that it was heading in my direction based at the viewing area on No 6 tank. Alas it didn’t show for me but a fine male Peregrine perched on the blue-topped chimney at Weston Point made up for my disappointment. I’m pretty sure the Hobby will reappear soon. Frank also had flocks of hirundines and Swifts totalling 500 birds over the Weaver estuary and other smaller flocks were over No 4 tank heading west along the Mersey corridor.

Observers: Frank Duff, WSM.

It was blowing a hoolie tonight and cold with it and no birders about except Frank on the way out as we were coming over the bridge.

Lordship Marsh and the fields east held 10 Common Shelduck and 30 Mallard joined with an unkindness of Ravens. A Kestrel battling with the wind to hover over its prey and quite frequently it seemed getting fed up and went to sit on the electricity pylons.

Splashing pool – held about 30 Tufted Duck

No 3 tank – Kestrel and Common Buzzard.

No 6 tank – was quiet with the odd Common Shelduck, 4 Mute Swan, most noticeable excellent viewing in the evening sun of both female and male Marsh Harrier hunting together over the reeds.

Track between No 5 and 6 tank were 2 Common Whitethroat and on the ramp down on the way out we saw Sedge Warbler and Chiffchaff singing.

The Wilde Clan (Harley, Findlay and Nigel).