22.06.13. Birdlog (WeBS Count)

22.06.13. Birdlog

22.06.13. Black-tailed Godwit, Frodsham Marsh. Heather Wilde.

So the WeBS count on tank 6 was as follows: 2 Coot, 3 Mute Swan, 18 Common Shelduck, 19 Common Teal, 4 Gadwall, 7 Mallard, 6 Tufted Duck,, 250 Black-tailed Godwit and 5 Herring Gull
Loads of Swifts and a Kestrel hunting over the No 6 tank.
Observers: Heather, Nigel, Findlay and Harley Wilde.

20.06.13. Birdlog

20.06.13. Birdlog
20.06.13. Meadow Pipit, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Crawley (8)
A recently dead adolescent Badger on Brook Furlong Lane (looks like it had been hit by a car). Lots of Linnet and Meadow Pipit on No 1 and 2 tanks also a hovering Kestrel. No.6, 5 and 3 tanks had hundreds of swifts and some House Martin which can be seen in the murky photo of Stanlow (below). Additionally on No 6 were 2 Redshank and a Ringed Plover.
20.06.13. Yellow Wagtail, Frodsham Marsh, Paul Crawley (1)
Straight Length Lane had a male Yellow Wagtail. Nearby Godscroft Lane is overflowing with recently fledged chicks which include House Sparrow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Goldfinch and Robin sadly no Tree Sparrow as yet.
Observer and images: Paul Crawley
20.06.13. Stanlow and Swifts. Paul Crawley (10)

18.06.13. Notes

18.06.13.  Delamere Forest

18.06.13. Solitary poppy, Delamere Forest. Bill Morton.

A walk up to Pale Heights, Delamere Forest and beyond was fruitful with 2 adult Mediterranean Gull calling constantly over head to each other.

A good selection of butterflies included a Brimstone, Small Copper, Green-veined, Small, Large and Orange-tip (Whites), Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock making up the rest.

Small Toroiseshell, Paul Crawley.

Small Tortoiseshell: Image by Paul Crawley.

Brimstone Butterfly, Delamere Forest. Bill Morton.

Brimstone: Image by WSM.

Kestrel, Delamere Forest. Bill Morton.

Kestrel: Image by WSM.

Observers: Sparky, WSM.

17.06.13. Birdlog & Nature Notes # 20

17.06.13. Birdlog & Nature Notes # 20

With the breeding season in full swing and flocks of juvenile Starlings gathering together on No 3 tank and small parties of House Sparrows in Marsh Lane the marsh tonight was typically quiet for the season. No 6 tank held 21 Cormorant, 60 Common Shelduck, 3 drake Common Pochard, 3 drake Common Teal and 15 Tufted Duck. A solitary raven flying over was perhaps the highlight.

Great Expectations (Frodsham Marsh style)

17.06.13. Ermine Moth Caterpillars, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton.

17.06.13. Ermine Moth Caterpillars, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton.17.06.13 . Spindle Ermine Moth caterpillars, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton..

17.06.13. Ermine Moth Caterpillars, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton.Imagine the scene you are on the set of the 1946 British black and white film ‘Great Expectations’. In the film the young orphan boy Pip is invited to meet Miss Havisham and soon learns she was left at the altar in her youth. He is invited to the room where Miss Havisham’s wedding cake and table lays untouched many years later and everything is covered in dust and cobwebs…The scene is set and cue Frodsham Marsh this evening. 

I didn’t have to stretch my imagination too much as I walked along the track above No 6 tank. Nearly every bush on the southern edge of the track was covered in a blanket of silky webs created by the Spindle Ermine Moth caterpillars and this year’s infestation is as good as it gets. If you get the chance call down and get some photographs they will be about for the next week or so. As I write this post at home, I’ve got one of the little blighter’s on my shoulder…They get everywhere, clothing, car, binoculars and camera gear.

A minute and a half long video on  ‘The Birds of Frodsham Marsh’ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=167176353463230. 

Observer and images: WSM.

17.06.13. Stuart Maddocks (8)

Typically Stuart Maddocks came up with a surprise with these images of a Banded  Demoiselle from Ince Marshes today.

17.06.13. Stuart Maddocks (7)

11.06.13. Birdlog

11.06.13. Birdlog

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6 Common Teal roosting up on No 6 tank with 12 Tufted Duck 3 male and a single female Common Pochard. A Ringed Plover joined the teal for a bit of peace away from the territorial disputes going on all around. 3-400 Common Swift hawking at eye level along the track leading to the viewing area. Their piercing shrill calls were like a taser to the head.

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 Not much surprisingly at the marsh apart from a Buzzard that thinks it’s a Kestrel on the edge of No 5 tank and Lordship Lane. Starling and their young on No’s 1 and 2. Raven being mobbed by Carrion Crows on No 2 near a deceased sheep. Some idiots decided it would be a laugh to open the gates to the horses near the motorway bridge (the big horses not the ponies). The girl from the MAVIS farm had just about managed to get them to safety as I arrived. Usual rules apply please report to police if vandals are about.

Observers: Paul Crawley, WSM.

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All images by Paul Crawley

This juvenile Starling reminded us of one of the Babbler species or even a young Cedar Waxwing. Eds