15.07.14. Birdlog

15.07.14. Birdlog

15.07.14. Fox, Delamere Forest. Bill Morton

A morning and afternoon ramble around Delamere Forest resulted in spotting this young Fox out hunting. It was totally unaware until it walked by and stopped to looked up and see us standing there looking down on it. Observers: Sparky, WSM (and upper image).

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15.07.14. Red-necked Grebe. Weaver Estuary, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

A Little later and an evening stroll through the jungle track to the river from the old log. After arriving the Red-necked Grebe was spotted asleep on the river, it eventually woke up long enough to sit for several photographes.

11 Great Crested Grebe included the mother from the Weaver Bend with her stripey headed chick. 183 Tufted Duck all along the water and the count didn’t include their ducklings (of which there were many). Also present were Common Shelduck and Gadwall with their youngsters. 3 Pochard and a single Teal, 100 Coot and a couple of Little Grebe were also part of the mass of birds on the river/estuary.

15.07.14. Ducks. Weaver Estuary, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

A Ringed and Little Ringed Plover, 11 Dunlin, 6 Common Sandpiper, 3 Common Snipe, Oystercatcher and 12 Black-tailed Godwit added to an already busy river.

A slight interruption came when a female Marsh Harrier flew low over the Shooters’ pools before drifting away.

15.07.14. Sunset over No.1 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

About 1,000 Black-headed Gulls dropped into the Weaver estuary for a bath before moving over to Weston lagoon to roost. They came from two directions (SE & NW) with hundreds of juvenile birds also present.

Observers: Mike Roberts (2nd image), WSM (lower images).