27.05.14. Birdlog

27.05.14. Birdlog

27.05.14. Red-necked Grebe, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

In North America the Slavonian Grebe is called the Horned Grebe, so this Red-necked Grebe is having an identity crisis. The grebe continued to be seen off the Weaver Causeway/Redwall Reedbed area. Also present on the river was 34 Tufted Duck, Gadwall, and 4 pairs of Great Crested Grebe.

The Avocet chick is growing fast and looks well with two doting parents to bully away any interlopers is always a good start for this once wayward youngster.

Observers Allan Conlin, John Gilbody (wagtail image), Steve Williams, Patrick Earith, WSM (all other images).

The Weaver estuary is usually filled with ducks and tonight was not exception with mostly Tufted Duck. A Ringed Plover, Avocet and a flock of 150 Black-tailed Godwit were noted.

27.05.14. Yellow Wagtails, Lordship Lane, Frodsham Marsh. John Gilbody

27.05.14. Shoveler pair, Shooter' pools, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

I took a hike around the tracks bordering No.6 tank and despite a flyover Yellow Wagtail and a chorus of Sedge Warblers to keep me company was little reward for the effort exerted. 14 Raven were still hanging about on No.3 tank but with the lush growth of grass there it was difficult to see what they were feeding on.

Further along the track I eventually made it to the eastern corner of six and found the drake Lesser Scaup asleep.  I guess with all the paparazzi about it’s tiring being a co-star on the marsh. A mixture of duck species featured Common Shelduck, Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Shoveler and a drake Pochard. Met Gary Powell for a birding chat before setting for home.

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