14.09.13. Birdlog

14.09.13. Birdlog

Hobby copy

A juvenile Hobby over No 5 and an adult over 4 tank were hard to pin down and quite elusive. A juvenile Marsh Harrier over Frodsham Score and later over No 5 tank were the first sightings for a few days and reports of this bird have been made up river at Wigg Island recently.

14.09.13. Marsh Harrier (juv), Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston (1)

550 Common Teal, 24 Tufted Duck, 1 Pochard, 30 Common Shelduck and 17 Shoveler made up the numbers on No 6 tank. Elsewhere the two Ruddy Shelduck were again on the Manchester Ship Canal below No 3 tank and 300 Common Shelduck were on the Mersey mudflats.

Overlooked recently the Weaver Bend held 40 Tufted Duck and 5 Common Shelduck. The water level on the River Weaver is kept high and really non productive for wading birds presently, although the potential for finding a rarer duck is a possibility.

2 Golden Plover, 200 Lapwing, 4 Dunlin and a solitary Curlew Sandpiper were the only notable waders present on No 6 tank but a Common and Green Sandpiper were at the Holpool Gutter.

14.09.13. Peregrine, Kamira works, Frodsham Marsh

Birds of prey featured a spiraling pair of Sparrowhawk, 12 Common Buzzard, A male Peregrine (pictured) at Kamira and a female perched on the blue-topped chimney before she spent sometime circling over Weston Point. Also 3 photogenic Kestrel hovering over both No 4 and 3 tanks.

The bushes below the viewing area on No 6 tank held warblers galore with Sedge, Reed, Blackcap, Whitethroat and a variety of tit and finch species. Holpool Gutter attracted a couple of Kingfisher and a Grey Wagtail adding to the waders already noted there.

14.09.13. Kestrel, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton.

The Southport airshow added some fly over sorties by 2 Spitfire, the European fighter Typhoon and a Lancaster Bomber?

Observers: Paul Crawley, Lee Lappin, Simon Myers, Guido D’Isidoro, Alyn Chambers, Frank Duff, WSM.

Images: Hobby by Alyn Chambers, Marsh Harrier by Paul Ralston and remainder WSM.

Greenshank over Runcorn docks at dusk.