03.05.14. Birdlog

03.05.14. Birdlog 03.05.14. Yellow Wagtail. Lordship Lane, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Crawley

I spent an hour down Lordship Lane and had a Grasshopper Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Common Whitethroat and Reed Bunting all singing. There were 2 possibly 4 Yellow Wagtail and they look settled in fields off the track there.
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Observer, upper image, video: Paul Crawley.
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Later in the afternoon we had a drive around the marsh stopping off to see the Yellow Wagtails that PC had seen earlier in the day. We managed to see 3-4 birds with a couple perched out on the fence on a track off Lordship Lane and very much like Paul’s photo (above).
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A ‘reeling’ Grasshopper was singing from the middle of a hawthorn tree on the banks of the sludge tank. The bird eventually perched out on a branch for several minutes before dropping down into a grassy tussock. Also noted were both Sedge and Reed Warbler providing a useful comparison of their songs.
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03.05.14. Hobby, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton
A Hobby perched on the mud of No.6 tank was looking good before taking flight and performing its acute agile flight over the pools. 40 Tufted Duck and 6 Common Teal were dwindling in numbers over the early summer presumably to pastures new.
03.05.14. Common Whitethroat, Marsh Farm, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton
Birding from Marsh Farm included a flock of 200 summer Black-tailed Godwit on the mudflats below the Weaver Sluice gates. Also seen there was a Great Crested Grebe and 30 Tufted Duck were present on the Manchester Ship Canal. A White Wagtail, a showy Common Whitethroat and a Skylark dust bathing on the track to the farm were also noted.
Weaver Bend
A panorama view of the Weaver Bend taken by Neil Blood.
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The ‘Shooters pools’ still have 6 Avocet and an assortment of water birds including nesting Lapwing.
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Observers: Emily Traynor, WSM (and images two & three).
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Two further Yellow Wagtail plus the first Common Swift of the year over No.4 tank.
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Observer: Sean O’Hara.