05.05.14. Birdlog

05.05.14. Birdlog 05.05.14. Gridlock on No.3 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Heather Wilde

A quiet but nice trip to the marsh very early this morning. Lordship Lane was a chorus of Sedge Warblers, with Reed Bunting and Goldfinch joining the choir. Two Little Grebe on the Splashing Pool kept us entertained whilst we waited for the total gridlock on the track to clear.
05.05.14. Diving Marsh Harrier , Frodsham Marsh. Heather Wilde
From the main viewing point on No. 6 tank, we watched the male Marsh Harrier harassing the Lapwing. He was a long way off, but even so, he put on a great show, hovering low and diving down frequently.05.05.14. Reed Bunting (male), Frodsham Marsh. Heather Wilde
Fabulous entertainment and the sun shone!
Observer and 1st, 2nd and 3rd images: Heather and Harley Wilde.
6 Common Sandpiper, 3 Whimbrel and 50 Common Swift over the Weaver estuary.
Observer: Frank Duff.
05.05.14. Red-legged Partridge, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Crawley
3 Avocet on the ‘Shooters pools, 3 small flocks of swifts then a larger flock of 23. There was a Red-legged Partridge in the Horse paddock and the male Marsh Harrier was hunting over No’s 6 and 4.
05.05.14. RedCockchafer, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Crawley
I also found a Drinker moth caterpillar on the corner of No’s 5, 6 and 3. When I got home there was a large beetle on one of my plants with the unfortunate name¬†¬†Common Cockchafer (Melolontha melolontha).
Observer and images 4 and 5: Paul Crawley.
At the end of the day and nothing really to add to the tally from earlier but 70 Tufted Duck, 7 Mute Swan and 6 Avocet were noted.
Observers: Sparky, WSM.