19.05.14. Birdlog

19.05.14. Birdlog

19.05.14. Avocet chick, Shooter' pools, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

It’s mid afternoon and the mercury is rising, with the warm stiff south-easterly bringing the temperature down to a comfortable level, in my car the temp reading is 30 degrees.

19.05.14. Tufted ducks, Weaver estuary, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

A walk down to the Weaver Bend taking in both the estuary and the Shooters’ pools saw the usual gathering of paired up and bachelor male Tufted Ducks on the River Weaver. The Weaver estuary had what could be one of the breeding Barnacle Goose from the gantry wall. 3 pairs of displaying Great Crested Grebe and several pairs of summer Gadwall.

19.05.14. Shooter' pools, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

The walk along the Weaver causeway was brief when the splendid looking male Marsh Harrier flopped by taking time to survey the fields by Redwall reed bed.

The Shooter’ pools still had a small colony of nesting Black-headed Gulls, a Ringed Plover and 5 Avocet. The breeding pair looked over the remaining chick which caused concern by wandering out of sight of the parents. The female was fairly territorial and couldn’t even tolerate the otherwise demure Lapwings.

Observers: Terry Egan, WSM (and images)