03.04.14. Birdlog & Nature Notes # 32

03.04.14. Birdlog & Nature Notes # 32

A 3 mile walk around the perimeter of No.6 tank this evening was a lot of effort for little reward, it was more an exercise for exercise rather than birding. The wind is still in the eastern sector and with visibility restricted by Saharan dust/pollution/mist it was hardly a health walk.

Walking along Lordship Lane and the grass verges were full of flowering Butterbur, this area is always a good place to find this delicate pink spring flower.

03.04.14. Butterbur, Lordship Lane, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

03.04.14. Butterbur, Lordship Lane, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

Distribution

Throughout UK, but rarer in central and northern Scotland.

Habitat

Wet meadows, streamsides, copses.

Best time to see

Flowers March-May

03.04.14. Fox, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

Further along the track a hunting Fox was not aware of our presence and it was a pleasure watching this much persecuted animal (particularly here on the marsh). During the course of the watch it was observed jumping into the air to drop down on a rodent which it eagerly chomped.

A Marsh Harrier was again present and nearby on the Splashing Pool were 37 Tufted Duck and 6 Gadwall. 16 Raven and a wave of 60 Sand Martin were feeding over No.3 tank.

No.6 tank held the usual assortment of duck with again 100 Common Teal, 6 Shoveler and 80 Common Shelduck.

03.04.14. Saddle back Lamb, No3. tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

An oddly patterned lamb with a black saddle back was present on No.3 tank and was worthy of a picture.

Observers: Sparky, WSM (and images).