03.08.14. Birdlog & Nature Notes # 42 (updated)

03.08.14. Birdlog & Nature Notes # 42 (updated)

03.08.14. Ruddy Shelduck, River Mersey. Bill Morton

The first 2 Ruddy Shelduck of the autumn were forced close to Frodsham Score on a rushy tide. There was also 10 Raven noted on the score.

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No.6 tank attracted low numbers of Dunlin with 26 and considerably down on yesterday, 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Ringed Plover and 1 Black-tailed Godwit.

On the mud banks off the Weaver Sluices there were 100 Black-tailed Godwit.

Observer and images: Tony Broome.

An adult and juvenile Little Ringed Plover, 5 Common Sandpiper, a Ruff with Black-tailed Godwits and Redshank were all on the River Weaver by the Shooters’ Pools.

Observer: Alyn Chambers.

Nature Notes # 42 (updated)

03.08.14. Common Shrew, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome

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x9747 (1280x960)Whilst I was walking up the path alongside No.6 tank, I stopped to have a look at some hoverflies. Out of the grass clumps and from under the flowers a small shape emerged and scurried up to my foot..a Common Shrew! It ran along the path and kept stopping to feed, oblivious to my presence. I thought that it was a youngster and as normal with shrews their eye sight is not particularly good but they do have a keen sence of smell. But, It’s behaviour was out of the ordinary. You could see its heart beating away at a manic rate, the whiskers twitching and nose constantly sniffing the air. Every now and then it would stop to rest. There were Kestrels hovering nearby, I couldn’t see it lasting long. But it was a great few minutes with a fascinating, rarely seen mammal.

Observer and images: Tony Broome.

03.08.14. Painted Lady, Frodsham Marsh. Alyn Chambers

Painted Lady image by Alyn Chambers.