28.07.13. Birdlog

28.07.13. Birdlog

Tufted Duck (female), Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

In no particular order is Guido’s sightings from the marsh today: 4 Mute Swan, Canada Geese 100 on No 4 and No 3 tanks, Common Shelduck 400 on the River Mersey at low tide and 20 on No 6 tank. The most I have ever seen here! Mallard , Teal , Pochard and Tufted Duck 50+ in total. Pheasant 2 small chicks, Little Grebe 2, Cormorant 1, Grey Heron 2, Marsh Harrier Male with 2 juvenile birds? Common Buzzard 2, and Sparrowhawk 1 male noted ( other birders saw a Hobby take a swallow close to the ramp before No 6 tank, Peregrine 1 over the Ineos Chlor plant.

Moorhen 1 at small pool on No 3, Coot 4 + chicks, Ringed Plover 10 on No 6 came with the Dunlin and then left. Lapwing 30 +,Knot 1 on No 6 showing fading brick-red belly, Dunlin 200 on No 6 and a Green Sandpiper on track south of tank. Redshank 2 flying over the Score, Black-tailed Godwit max of 44 on No 6, Curlew 200 + on the River Mersey, Snipe 2 over No 4.

Black-headed Gull 20 + and 2 juveniles, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-Backed Gull 10 on No 6, Great Black-Backed Gull 6 on No 6, Stock Dove 2, Wood Pigeon, Swift ( many over the Score and the track to No 6), Skylark 2 on No 6, Sand Martin 2 at Marsh Farm and Meadow Pipit 2 Lordship Marsh, Grey Wagtail 1 female Holpool Gutter chasing Buzzard !!

Sedge warbler 3 ( still singing ), Reed Warbler on No 6, Magpie 10 +, Carrion Crow 12 +, Raven 1-2 on the Score, Starling 30 +, Linnet 6 +. Goldfinch 10.
An  excellent day but sadly no Mongolian Sand Plover !!!

Ciao Guido D’Isidoro

Quite an exhaustive list by Guido.

Frank Duff also noted some of the above and added male Ruddy Duck, 200 Swift and hirundines and 2 Common Sandpiper.

Image: WSM.

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