10.05.14. Birdlog

10.05.14. Birdlog

10.05.14. Sedge Warbler, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton The threat of heavy rain interspersed with periods of bright sunshine and big clouds was a shall I, shan’t I go birding the marsh today, no contest.

A Whimbrel whistling unseen over No.6 tank with Swifts and hirundines on the move ahead of the rain clouds. Only a few Tufted Duck were on the tank with some Common Shelduck.

A female Blue-headed Wagtail (PR) was at the Ince Berth by Ince Marshes with a typical British form and looked bedraggled and the Marsh Harrier was similarly flying about to dry its feathers after the deluges of the day.

10.05.14. Wheatear, Marsh Farm,  Frodsham Marsh. Bill MortonThe track down to the Manchester Ship Canal from Marsh Farm was bouncing with c25 Wheatear including mostly Greenland birds and a male Whinchat.

A passing ship moved most of the birds from the shelter of the boulder bunds by the water’s edge and they flew up the track and perched on the fence posts, giving much better views.

10.05.14. Orangetip Butterfly (male),  Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

A very obliging Orangetip Butterfly and numerous Green-veined White’s were on the wing today.

Observers: Paul Ralston, Paul Crawley, Frank Duff, WSM (and images).