16.11.13. Birdlog (WeBS Count)

16.11.13. Birdlog (WeBS Count)

16.11.13. Stonechat, Redwall reedbed, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

Sandwiched between the modal aircraft flyers to the south, syndicate pheasant shooters to the north and hovercraft riders to the east, the marsh was lacking a little solitude today. It was no surprise the waterfowl and waders on No 6 tank were below what’s normal for this time of year: 46 Common Shelduck, 475 Common Teal, 9 Common Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck and 2 Mallard made up the waterfowl count.

16.11.13 Wader roost, No 6 tank, Frodsham Marsh

Waders roosting for the tide included a single Redshank, 67 Black-tailed Godwit, 547 Dunlin, 200 Golden Plover and 240 Lapwing.

16.11.13. Kestrel. N0 5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

While the Weaver estuary was having a temporary rest bite from the syndicate pheasant shooters who were blasting away nearby earlier. I managed a count there including 12 Little Grebe, 54 Redshank, 54 Lapwing, 24 Coot, 3 Goldeneye, 18 Tufted Duck and a single female Wigeon of which just about made the walk out to the river worthwhile.

16.11.13. Peregrine and prey on top of the blue-topped chimney. Bill Morton.

A 1st winter female Stonechat hanging about Redwall reedbed was quite photogenic and a Peregrine on the top of the blue chimney at Weston Point was observed enjoying a prey item.

16.11.13. Stonechat, Redwall reedbed, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

Small flocks of Redwing and Fieldfare shared the hedgerows with a roving Long-tailed, Blue Tit flock with a Goldcrest in tow along Brook Furlong Lane.

Observer and images: WSM

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