08.09.13. Birdlog

08.09.13. Birdlog

24.05.13. Hobby, Frodsham Marsh. Steven BurkeA superb juvenile Hobby performed for 10 minutes at Marsh Farm before flying off to No 5 tank. 2 Wheatear on Frodsham Score opposite the farm where 200 Black-tailed Godwit were present.

Observers: Frank Duff. Guido D’Isidoro.

Image: Steve Burke

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Notes from Guido

A pleasant 19 degrees at Marsh Farm today. Frank put me on to a Hobby which we watched performing its characteristic acrobatics chasing insects around the farm building and scaring the bejesus out of the Swallows which it ignored. 2-3 Wheatear were also here along with 80-100 Goldfinches. 4 Ravens on the Score. Lots of waders wheeling on the River Mersey at high tide and roosting on the banks adjacent to the Score out of view, while hardly any were to be found on No 6 tank; just one Black-tailed Godwit with 4 more flying over head without stopping. Another 8 Black-tailed Godwits were flying over the Weaver Bend. The warm weather brought out the insects and I heard two Chifchaffs calling, one by the old log and one on Lordship Lane South of No 4 tank. One Reed Warbled gave short bursts of song from the reeds at No 6 and a Whitethroat was perched on a bush next to the ‘splashing pool’. c100 Lapwings left the Estuary and flew West. A family group of 3 Peregrines were messing around Holpool Gutter with one perching briefly on one of the chimney stacks of the nitric acid plant. A covey of 13 Red-legged Partridges were walking nonchalantly on the track at Brook Furlong Lane. A wildfowler I met told me that they were released only last week from the pens nearby. No sign of the Black-necked Grebe or Harrier’s today.