I got to the marsh at 6.00 am and immediately relocated the drake Lesser Scaup feeding along with Tufted Duck. Also present was the male Marsh Harrier and hundreds of Common Swift hawking insects at head height and providing very intimate views.
Lesser Scaup (upper image) showing the white inner wing-bar.
Image showing small black nail on bill tip.
Image showing the peaked rear crown and coarse vermiculations on back. In the morning sunlight the purple head sheen was really evident.
Image shows size comparison with Tufted Duck.
|26.05.14. Lesser Scap (drake) on Frodsham Marsh. Frodsham Marsh Birdblog
Click on the Vimeo link above to see video of the bird (WSM).
Observers: Frank Duff, WSM (Video and images) and thanks to Sean O’Hara for initially finding the bird yesterday.
Sometimes events take on a twist and today did just that. You wait all Spring to join the party (elsewhere in Cheshire and most notably Wirral’s Leasowe) to see a goodie on your local patch and two come along at once!
I was on my way to Delamere Forest with Sparky when Mr Duff sent me a message. someone had seen a summer plumaged Red-necked Grebe on the River Weaver close to the ‘Bend’. A little grovelling on my part and the car swung right opposite Fluin Lane and headed down to Ship Street and then we went on foot to the river.
Red-necked Grebe video here https://vimeo.com/user27084526/videos (Paul Crawley)
A small crowd had gathered in glorious sunshine on the banks by the river taking in a pristine plumaged Red-necked Grebe which spent it’s time dozing with the occasional bouts of showing off.
The Avocet chick was still present while potential new parents called anxiously from another location. The adult Ringed Plover was also noted.
Back over on No.6 tank the Lesser Scaup was still attracting admirers while a Little Ringed Plover shared the mud with a pair of Oystercatchers. Along Lordship Lane both Yellow Wagtail and Whinchat were available to view.
Observers: FD, Paul Crawley (RNG video and bottom two images), Paul Ralston, Mike Turton, Pete Antrobus, Mark Payne, Sparky & WSM.
After all this excitement we eventually found ourselves walking the perimeter of Blakemere and noted 3 possibly 4 Mediterranean Gull in the raucous Black-headed Gulll colony. A couple of Spotted Flycatcher by the ‘Go Ape’ franchise were new for the Spring for us.
Observers: Sparky & WSM.