25.07.13. Birdlog

25.07.13. Birdlog 25.07.13. Common Tern, Weaver Bend, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton. After work I made it down to the Weaver Bend and estuary to look for a potential Red-breasted Merganser. Unfortunately despite an extensive search I came up with a blank. 25.07.13. Tufted Duck and brood, Weaver Bend, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton. However a cracking selection of ducks and waders made the effort worthwhile. There were at least five large creches of shelducklings and c5 broods of Tufted Ducks with one brood of 16. 3 pairs of Little Grebe had juveniles in tow and 12 Great crested Grebes including juvenile birds. Follow link to see short video-  25 July 2013 22:07 25.07.13. Tufted Duck female with duckling, Weaver Bend, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton. Highlights was 2 very mobile and eventually photogenic Common Tern and an adult Yellow-legged Gull on the Weaver estuary and bend. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA A male Marsh Harrier was over the Weaver Bend and the Peregrine was sentinel like on the blue-topped chimney (opposite image). On the wader front were 6 Oystercatcher, 10 Common Sandpiper, 21 Redshank and 67 Black-tailed Godwit. Observer and images: WSM