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25.01.14. Birdlog

27.01.14. No. 6 tank at dusk, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

A walk from Growhow works and along Holpool gutter to No. 6 tank this morning produced a Peregrine on one of the stacks. The Great White Egret was again on Frodsham Score and a Merlin seen from along the ship canal path. A Marsh Harrier missing from the marsh for the last few weeks reappeared again over No. 6  tank. Last week I counted 11 Little Egret  in a field beyond the old wood and a leucistic lapwing in a flock of normal birds alongside the Gowy at Thornton le Moor.

Observer: Paul Ralston.

Above image is of the distant Growhow factory beyond No. 6 tank by WSM

27.01.14. Birdlog

27.01.14. Birdlog

27.01.14. Dead Badger, Station Road, Delamere Forest. Bill Morton

A walk along Station Road at Delamere Forest today was marred by finding a dead Badger (pictured) on the roadside by the entrance to the caravan park. This road can be a frightening place when you’re walking alongside it, particularly when you need to cross over to gain access to other parts of the forest.  The road stretches for about 3/4 mile and drivers are often tempted to press the pedal a bit more than they should and often the result is a dangerous crossing place for wild creatures. 

27.01.14. Dead Badger, Station Road, Delamere Forest. Bill Morton

Towards the day’s end we ended up on Frodsham Marsh and on a track above No. 6 tank and bumped into Arthur who was out and about after his recent operation.

27,01.14. Great Black-backed Gulls and Ravens dispute sheep carcass, No. 5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton.

We all watched a battle of wills and a title bout between two brutes of the ‘Birding World’. A gathering of Ravens versus a pair of Great Black-backed Gull and as Harry Hill would say “Which is better? There’s only one way to find out: FIGHT!”

27,01.14. Great Black-backed Gulls and Ravens dispute sheep carcass, No. 5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton.

Gulls get the upper ‘wing’ and the spoils of a disembowelled sheep carcass on No. 5 tank..

27.01.14. Lambs and Ewe on No. 5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

The first lambs of Spring were keeping close to mum on No. 5 tank and kept well away from all the stark realities of life (and death) just a hundred metres away. A flock of 400 Starling were ‘worming’ on the grassy fields and a couple of Chiffchaff were calling to each other as they moved unseen through the reed beds.

Close by on No. 6 tank a gathering of ducks included 150 Common Teal, 12 Common Pochard, 47 Mallard, 9 Pintail and a few Cormorants were gathering on the usual dead roosting tree. Several hundred Lapwings were gathering on the water’s edge joined by smaller flocks of Golden Plover.

27.01.14. No. 6 tank at dusk. Bill Morton

The local resident Peregrine flew in towards dusk and roosted high up on the power station chimney at Weston Point.

Observers: Arthur Harrison, Sparky and WSM (all images).