19.10.13. Birdlog (WeBS Count)
A 9.4 m high tide brought in to No 6 tank 185 Golden Plover, 287 Lapwing, 40 Grey Plover, 2 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover and a single Knot. Waterfowl numbers were 324 Common Teal, 54 Common Shelduck, 2 Common Pochard, 14 Tufted Duck, 34 Shoveler, female Ruddy Duck, 10 Gadwall and 10 Mallard.
A build up of Raven over the last week brought counts of 36, 46 and 10 birds to Frodsham Score, No 1 and No 5 tanks It was obvious there was some overlap with numbers here but it was estimated that up to 50 birds were present. Also noted on No 5 tank were 15 Carrion Crows joining the Ravens. The rookery alongside the M56 saw several Rooks in display (bizarre and presumably a bit of communal bonding going on there?).
A Great Spotted Woodpecker was with the roving tit flock along the track above No 6 tank. Small numbers of passerines moving south east included Siskin, Skylark and Meadow Pipit but none of which were in any high counts or continues passage.
Also noted were 2 Migrant Hawker patrolling the track above No 6 tank and a distant Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly making its way over the Sea Aster clumps also on the tank.
Observers: Frank Duff, WSM (and images)
Wigg Island supplement
Towards the end of the day I called into Wigg Island’s ‘lagoon’ to see what was happening to the site. A good selection of waterbirds included two flocks of ten Wigeon sitting out the tide on the river, 4 Little Egret were dancing with gulls in the ebbing tidal gutters.
On the ‘lagoon’ 2 Little Grebe, 45 Common Teal, 4 Shoveler, Water Rail, 15 Common Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank (heard) and a very obliging Kingfisher feeding from the pool by the footpath.
Also noted nearby on the Runcorn-Latchford canal spur (by the stone sculptures) were 8 Tufted Duck and a Little Grebe.
Gull numbers were increasing at dusk with several thousand loitering just off the salt marsh before the big push up river to the Mersey estuary.
There was an obvious explosion of Harlequin Ladybirds with loads of them all over the tower hide and smaller numbers of Alder beetles were present. A single Darter spp Dragonfly over the tower hide just before the heavens opened and flooded very thing and everyone making their way back to the car park!