24.08.13. Birdlog

24.08.13. Birdlog (WeBS count)

24.08.13. Curlew Sandpipers, .No 6 tank, Frodsham Marsh24.08.13. Curlew Sandpipers, No 6 tank, Frodsham Marsh24.08.13. Curlew Sandpipers, No 6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Alyn ChambersWaterfowl featured 408 Common Teal, 43 Tufted Duck, 2 male Pochard, Ruddy Shelduck (and hybrid type), 156 Common Shelduck. Also noted was the adult and juvenile Black-necked Grebe present on the eastern corner of No 6 tank.

High tide brought in an impressive 1500 Ringed Plover, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Sanderling, 1 Turnstone, 1 Knot, Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Ruff,  2 adult Curlew Sandpiper, 500 Dunlin, 1 Little Stint, single Green Sandpiper and 15 Common Snipe. It was inevitable that raptors would be in tow and an adult male Peregrine (with prey) and both male and juvenile Marsh Harrier to No 6 tank duly obliged.

A juvenile Common Tern didn’t linger and passed through on its way to the river.

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Observers: Frank Duff, Alyn Chambers, WSM.

Frodsham Score had notable concentrations of Shelduck with in excess of 700 birds and with them was a Ruddy Shelduck vieing for attention. This bird later flew to No 6 tank.120 Oystercatcher roosted on the edge of the salt marsh, 33 Black-tailed Godwit, a single Golden Plover and small parties of Dunlin fluttered about. A Little Egret was feeding in the tidal gutters and presumably the same bird alighted with the Dunlin a few hours later on No 6 tank. 22 Raven over the banks of the MSC were eagerly harassing any large bird en route to the marsh.

Observer: WSM

The Marbled Duck (colour ringed on left leg and potentially ringed on right? per FD) was again present spending time in the centre of the tank and eventually sought solitude on the edge of the reed beds. A couple of interesting articles supplied by James Walsh on ringing/tagging/status of Marbled Duck.

http://www.ebd.csic.es/andy/Ardeola04.pdf  http://www.planetofbirds.com/anseriformes-anatidae-marbled-duck-marmaronetta-angustirostris .

…and finally perhaps the last word on this bird which although a diversion from normal sightings really points to the duck being from a captive origin. Below is a letter received by James Walsh from Andy Green. Thanks to James the ‘dead-eyed birding detective’ in first not taking the normal assumption and secondly for pursuing Marbled Duck origins in Spain.

Hi James,

Nice to hear from you. You might also want to look at this other paper:

http://www.ebd.csic.es/andy/BritishBirds2010.pdf

Although there have been releases of marbled teal in Spain in recent 
years, and it is possible that someone has used a colour ring, I think 
it much more likely that such a bird is an escape from a collection 
somewhere in northern Europe. I think using colour rings to mark birds 
in collections is standard practice.

Best wishes,

Andy Green

Butterflies noted today included a Brimstone near to No 4 tank, a female Common Blue and numerous Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Red Admiral.

Images: Upper two WSM and lower Alyn Chambers. Perhaps not the egret that most wanted to see today but this Little Egret left Frodsham Score to settle on No 6 tank. A distant view of two and a record shot showing the red belly colour of the Curlew Sandpiper.

23.08.13. Birdlog

23.08.13. Birdlog 23.08.13. Cattle Egret, Frodsham Marsh. Mark Payne Cattle Egret and Marbled Duck (red ring on left leg) on No 6 tank with 500 Common Teal and the Cattle Egret moving to fields east of Lordship Marsh from early evening. 2 (1 juv & moulting adult) Black-necked Grebe, Ruddy Shelduck and a drake Ruddy Duck. A male Ruff, 3 Greenshank, 500 Dunlin, adult Curlew Sandpiper and a Little Stint added contrast here to a thrilling 24 hours. Image: Mark Payne. 23.08.13. Pissing Cow and Cattle Egret, Frodsham Marsh. Patrick Earith Image: Cow and Cow Egret. Patrick Earith. Very short video of the Cow Egret by WSM https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=187353308112201

…and the finders account via his blog here…http://liamsbirding.blogspot.co.uk/ Observers: Liam Langley, Scott Reid et al

18.08.13. Birdlog

18.08.13. Birdlog

16-08-13-field-poppy-on-frodsham-marsh-bill-morton

At 3:00 pm, 21 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Dunlin on No 6 tank along with a scattering of Lapwing.

Water Rail calling from reed bed.

3 Raven pestering a male Marsh Harrier on No 3 tank.

Ciao Guido D’Isidoro.

Weaver Bend 5.30-6.30pm: 25 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 juvenile Little Ringed Plover and a Green Sandpiper on the Lum. 7 Little Grebe on river.

Elsewhere No 6 tank from 7.00-7.30 pm held 5 Dunlin, Single Ruff, 17 Black-tailed Godwit, 300 Common Teal and a variety of developing ageing Common Shelducklings.

Observers: Sean O’Hara (additional sightings from WSM)

Image of Field Poppy along Moorditch Lane.

17.08.13. Birdlog

17.08.13. Birdlog

17.08.13. Green Sandpiper, No 6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

A Little Egret joined with 310 Common Teal, 43 Tufted Duck, 4 Common Pochard, 170 Common Shelduck (including the hybrid Ruddy X Shelduck) were present on No 6 tank. Also here were 2 Common Snipe, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 1 Reeve, 210 Lapwing. A mixed flock of 40 Ringed Plover and Dunlin came in with the evening tide.

17.08.13. Green Sandpiper, No 6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton.A juvenile Marsh Harrier hunting over No 4 tank and a male spotted on No 5 tank.

17.08.13. hybrid Shelduck, No 6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill MortonA swirling cauldron of Swifts joined other hirundines above the poplar trees bordering the pot-holed track south side of No 5 tank. Numbering c 500 birds they appeared unperturbed by a juvenile Peregrine joining them as they continued a frenzied feeding session.

3 Raven over Frodsham Score.

Observers: Frank Duff, WSM.

16.08.13. Birdlog

16.08.13. Birdlog

16.08.13. Helsby Hill from the wheatfield by Lordship Lane.

Red ADmiral, Frodsham Marsh300 Lapwing, 100 Ringed Plover, 14 Dunlin and a Green Sandpiper all present on No 6 tank.

Duck numbers looking good with 200 Teal, 50 Tufted Duck, 10 Gadwall, 6 Pochard and 37 Shelduck also on the tank.

300 Swallow lined along the fence wires on No 5 tank and 9 Raven flying south over Lordship Lane.

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Observer and images: David Smith