18.01.14. Birdlog (WeBS Count)

18.01.14. Birdlog (WeBS Count)

18-01-14. Pochards -No. 6 tank Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

Wet and dull weather didn’t deter me today with the WeBS count to do. I usually count on a Saturday away from the normal Sunday as I am engaged in other duties on that day.

18.01.14.Helsby Hill and water reflections from No, 6 tank, Frodsham Marsh,

No. 6 tank  being my count spot and again a good variety of species to keep my interest level tuned. 100 Mallard, 43 Shoveler, 8 Tufted Duck, 16 Pochard (2 females), 83 Common Teal, 2 Wigeon (male & female), 30 Common Shelduck, 9 Pintail (7 males, 2 females) in fine plumage and 2 Cormorant perched on dead trees waiting for others to join in the roost.

flying godwits. Heather Wilde.

Wader wise 800 Lapwing, 500 Golden Plover, 300 Dunlin, 34 Common Snipe (in one flock) and 150 Black-tailed Godwit flew around for a while before heading right back out to the estuary.

A Chiffchaff was calling from the reeds and bushes below the viewing area on the banks above No. 6 tank and several Ravens were about on No. 5 tank.

Observer: WSM, Heather and Findlay Wilde.

Pied Wagtail. Heather Wilde.

Heather & Findlay both had a Kingfisher flying alongside their vehicle whilst driving along Lordship Lane with a tidy flock of Linnet noted.

Paul Crawley out and about saw a Little Egret in a ditch along Godscroft Lane.

Images: first and second by WSM, third and fourth by Heather Wilde.

Frodsham Marsh Bird Checklist 2014

Attached is the new revised version of the bird list covering Frodsham Marsh with a few (not included in totals) additions to download. Thanks to John Gilbody for the labourious task of inputting the data with a few tweaks by myself. It is in Microsoft Excel format so you can amend the columns to your own taste. One species Cattle Egret has yet to be formally accepted and another the Marsh Warbler (2 records) is omitted from the list. The first record of that species was observed by myself and Martin Garner and was rejected by the Cheshire Rarities Committee after years of toing and froing. The status of the more recent bird was contentious and as far as I am aware was never submitted.

Frodsham Marsh 2014 List