13.07.14. Birdlog (WeBS Count)

13.07.14. Birdlog (WeBS Count)

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The count for No.6 tank featured 1 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 720 Black-headed Gull (incl 14-20 juvenile birds), 5 adult and a single 1st summer Common Gull, 1 adult Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 adult Great Black-backed Gull.

Duck numbers are beginning to increase with 155 Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard, 1 Gadwall, 11 Common Shelduck, 33 Mallard, 29 Common Teal. Other species icluded 4 adult, 1 juvenile Coot, 11 Moorhen, 1 Common Buzzard,, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 adult Dunlin, 2 Stock Dove, 70 Swift, 50 Sand Martin, 20 House Martin, 2 Raven.

Additionally, there was a single Green Sandpiper on the Canal Pools. On the River Weaver/Estuary was a pair of Gadwall with 3 young. 300 Swift low over the water there. 7 Chiffchaff below No.1 tank.

Observers: Tony Broome (and images), Emily Traynor.

Red-necked Grebe, Frodsham Marsh

11 Great Crested Grebe including at least one tiny chick sailing around on the back of one of its parents. A juvenile Little Egret fishing in the river. Female Gadwall with 7 tiny ducklings off Redwall Reedbed.

3 Little Ringed Plovers: two at Weaver Bend and 1 on No.6. 5 Ringed Plover, 11 Dunlin, 10 Redshank , 5 Common Sandpiper then a Common Snipe on Weaver Bend and the Shooters’ Pools where a Red-legged Partridge was present.

Observer: John Spottiswood.

126 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Ruff along the Weaver below No.1 tank.

Observer: John Gasgoine.

Elsewhere the Red-necked Grebe pulled in a few more admirers.