19.09.13. Birdlog

19.09.13. Birdlog

19.09.13. Ruffs, No 6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton.

Last night about 7.00 pm over no 3-4 tanks I watched 3 Marsh Harriers gracefully hanging in the wind and tumbling occasionally. Very atmospheric in the fiery sunset sky! When I arrived at 6.45 pm there were no Curlew Sandpipers or Little Stint sadly on the secluded pool.

Observer: David Kennedy.

19.09.13. curlew Sandpiper (juv), No 6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton.I’m squeezing in as many after work trips to the marsh before the nights draw in. So, with a fine sunny end to anotherwise wet and windy morning it was a welcome solitary watch on the banks of No 6 tank this evening.

19.09.13. Pintails, No 6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton.3 juvenile/female Pintail, 104 Common Teal, 2 Shoveler, 24 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Pochard and 10 Common Shelduck.

7 Ruff, 1 Common Snipe and 2 juvenile Curlew Sandpiper one of which spent most of the time dozing away in the bright setting sunshine.

19.09.13. Pintails, No 6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton.A male Sparrowhawk was seeking out its supper while the big female Peregrine was sat atop the blue-chimney at Weston Point.

Viewing from Marsh Farm across the ebbing tide resulted in a big flock of 1,000 Dunlin and 500 Black-tailed Godwit. Meanwhile a young male Wheatear sought out shelter from the windy conditions.

A Migrant Hawker dragonfly patrolling the Elder berry-bearing trees along the track on No 5 tank was watched feeding off small flies on the lea side of the bushes. On one occasion I spotted it kill a small moth dropping its prey without consuming the poor critter.

Observer and images: WSM