14.08.14. Birdlog

14.08.14. Birdlog

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14.08.14. Ruddy Shelduck, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

High tide on the River Mersey brought in two Ruddy Shelduck onto No.6 tank for a few hours before flying out again to spend the remainder of the day off Frodsham Score. Shorebirds drifted in and out with a total of 700 Dunlin, 150 Ringed Plover (including a local pair of Ringed Plover and their growing chick), 20 Redshank and 24 Black-tailed Godwit.

At dusk ducks were again low-key with 3 Pochard, 8 Tufted Duck, 124 Common Teal and 37 Common Shelduck about towards dusk. A skein of 500 Canada Goose flew in and out towards the Gowy and watching over all of this was a Peregrine on the Blue-topped chimney.

14.08.14. Juvenile Black-tailed Godwit, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton.  (3)

A colour-ringed Black-tailed Godwit joined a small party within the gull roost and also present was a juvenile bird contact calling some distance away. I will let you know the  history of the colour ringed bird BtG as soon as I get details back.

Walking back to the car a flock of Sand Martin were moving west with a solitary Common Swift perhaps one of the last of the year.

Observers: Tony Lovett, John Rayner (top image), Don Weedon, Sparky and WSM (and images 2 & 3)