07.12.13. Birdlog

07.12.13. Birdlog

07.12.13. Great Black-backed Gull and Ravens, No. 5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton.

A period of sunshine, cold wind and scattered rain was the order of the day and a typical winters day on the marsh.

Two Whooper Swan rested on No. 6 tank during the tide (AC). Later a couple of Little Egret flew around the tank one dropping on to the secluded pool. Waterfowl featured 97 Tufted Duck probably the birds which have frequented the Weaver estuary of late. Also present were 3 Common Pochard, 2 Shoveler, 26 Common Teal and 34 Common Shelduck.

A single Black-tailed Godwit joined a flock of 100 Dunlin to pay a brief visit to No. 6 tank during the rising tide. 1000 Lapwing and 2-300 Golden Plover were more settled nearby on No. 3 tank.

Elsewhere, 31 Raven were on and about No. 5 tank, 14 of this number and a bevy of less confident Carrion Crows were picking a fight with an adult Great Black-backed Gull over a sheep carcass but, they wisely left it to just tormenting the gull while it delicately pull out the sheep guts.

200 Fieldfare were a roving flock seeking out the abundant berry harvest along the hawthorn hedgerows.

Observers: Alyn Chambers, Frank Duff, WSM.