12.05.13. Birdlog

12.05.13. Birdlog

12.05.13. Common Swift, Frodsham Marsh

Not much at the marsh except hundreds of Swift, Swallow and Martins over the Weaver. 6 Dunlin flew over the bends and a Wheatear was near Marsh Farm. A male and 2 female Wheatear are still lingering on Lordship Marsh.
12.05.13. Meadow Pipit, Frodsham Marsh
DSC_2940 copy
12.05.13. Ship on the ship canal at Frodsham Marsh. Paul Crawley (3)
The Stolt Teal cargo ship (pictured today by PC) is currently located as of 18.30 hrs just north of Anglesey http://www.marinetraffic.com .You can get an indication of its size if you look in the bottom right corner and see a flying Common Shelduck.
.
Observer and images: Paul Crawley.
.
This afternoon at the marsh we had plenty of precipitation and low cloud so not ideal conditions for us all. Lordship Marsh and lane and the adjacent bank to No 6 tank held 2 Wheatear, Whitethroat and several Sedge Warbler in a competition of who was ” singing in the rain ” the loudest! 2 Grasshopper Warblers also providing the percussion to the competition.The corner of No 6 tank held at least 7 Ringed Plover and a single Oystercatcher landed close to the gate before it was seen off by several lapwings. The Splashing Pool held at least 20 Tufted Duck and a Little Grebe.
.
The Rozzers over no 6 tankThe ‘Rozzers’ chopper birding over No 6 tank today!
.
No 6 tank itself had hardly a bird with the most notable sighting of the day being the mechanical bird of the Cheshire Police helicopter appearing from nowhere and spent a minute or two getting smashing aerial views of the marsh whilst hovering all around the tank. However the aerial pursuits of the constabulary were nothing in comparison with the delights of the hirundines, but in particular the Swifts – standing under them is a spectacle not to be missed (you only have to see Paul’s image at the title of this posting).
.
Heather’s comments below which I think sum up a birding day caught out in the rain with Swifts picking off insects inches away from your head.”Just drying out after a soggy but fabulous trip to the marsh. Photo quality is shockingly bad, and not even sending my Swift effort to you after seeing Mr Crawley’s fabulous picture. We stood for an hour in the rain with Swifts whizzing over our heads, almost felt I was one of them – an amazing experience!”
.
Observers: Harley, Findlay, Heather and Nigel Wilde.
.
3 Garganey, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 60 Common Shelduck, 50 Tufted Duck, 100 Canada Goose on fields and river including on No 1 tank, 2 Redshank, 4 Reed Warbler along path to bend, 20 Reed Bunting and 6 Pied Wagtail. An estimated 100 Swallow and Martins
.
Observer: Lee Lappin.
.