12.10.13. Birdlog

12.10.13. Birdlog

12.10.13. Fox and Redshanks, Weaver Bend, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

12.10.13. Little Grebes, Weaver Bend, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton.A watch on the Weaver Bend and estuary was quite productive with 12 Little Grebe, 12 Coot, 56 Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard, 76 Lapwing, 1 Ruff and 63 Redshank were roosting up while a  Fox scavenging along the river’s edge behind them went unnoticed/ignord.

12.10.13. Ruddy Duck (female), No 6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton.No 6 tank was again quiet with 45 Common Teal, 7 Pintail, 4 Shoveler and the female Ruddy Duck being present. The usual Water Rail squealing from reed beds here and a covey of 6 (2 adults, 4 juvenile) Grey Partridge makes you wonder where they came from, perhaps set down by the shooting brigade?

12 Raven were out and about on No 5 tank with a similar size flock of Jackdaw shadowing their movements. A Fieldfare brought in Autumn and a Goldcrest was calling along the hedgerow at Brook Furlong Lane.

Observers: Frank Duff, WSM (images and video).

12.10.13. Tthe Lum, Frodsham MarshThe Lum where strange circular bales of hay perched on metal poles? I asked some of the pheasant shooters what they were and they said that they were nesting platforms for Mallards? Apparently the US shooters use them on their wetlands.

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