16.08.14. Birdlog

16.08.14. Birdlog

16.08.14. Ruddy Shelduck in flight, No.6 tank, frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

Trektellen Count (07.18hrs-10.16hrs):
A watch from Marsh Farm this morning overlooking Frodsham Score resulted in 5000 Common Shelduck, 3 Ruddy Shelduck (2 males & female type), 2 male Common Scoter (flew west) and 460 Mallard feeding on mudflats.
16.08.14. No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome (12)

Shorebirds saw an increase in c2000 Dunlin and 1200 Black-tailed Godwit, 300 Curlew, 1 Little Egret down river and a juvenile Peregrine keeping an eye on things.

Passerines included: 100 Swallow, c300 Sand Martin, 4 Yellow Wagtail flying high east then 5 south, 21 Pied/White Wagtail south, 5 Swift west, 1 Grey Wagtail south, 500 Starling around farm and a juvenile Peregrine noted.

Observer: Tony Broome.

16.08.14. No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome (7)

After a brief respite and onto No.4 tank overlooking Frodsham Score where again a juvenile Peregrine shot through. Following the falcon was a juvenile Marsh Harrier and then shortly after by a juvenile Hobby chasing a passerine over the old magazine site. Several Little Egret were seen and although difficult to get an accurate count we estimated that 4 birds were present.

42 Raven were out and about the marsh and banks bordering the Manchester Ship Canal. A dead cow out on the salt marsh should bring in quite a few others?

16.08.14. No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome (4)

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

High tide was rushing onto the exposed mudflats so a hasty retreat to the comfort of No.6 tank for the tide. 500 Ringed Plover, 800 Dunlin came in dribs and drabs but when they settled they didn’t move around much and made for a thorough scrutiny through the ‘scopes’. Several Redshank, 4 Black-tailed Godwit and 3-4 Turnstone added to the count.

Two Ruddy Shelduck dropped onto the tank for the period of the tide before flying back out to the feeding grounds on the Mersey Estuary

A Little Egret flew over without settling and the watch ended with a Peregrine sat atop the usual spot above the Weaver Estuary.

A Garganey was present briefly on No.6 tank (Colin Davis) and a Crane observed over Hale at midday avoided our detection? Three hours later it or another was over Mold, N Wales.


Observers: Tony Broome (images 2-4), WSM (video images 1 & 5).

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Marsh & River

Marsh & River

16.08.14. Views from Weston Road, Weston Village. Bill Morton

A selection of images taken with a mobile phone from Weston Road, Weston overlooking the huge works of Ineos Chlor. Below and beyond the tall blue-topped chimney stands aloft Weston Point.

The chimney is much favoured by Peregrine Falcons as a lookout over the estuaries of the Weaver and Mersey.

16.08.14. Views from Weston Road, Weston Village. Bill Morton

Images of Ineos Chlor works and the Mersey Estuary beyond.


16.08.14. Views from Weston Road, Weston Village. Bill Morton

Hale Head and the lighthouse are a feature of the estuary and are also a notable birding site and along with Oglet Bay, Carr Lane pools and Pickerings Pasture make up a fine alternative on the north side of the Mersey Estuary to Frodsham, Helsby and Ince marshes to the south.

16.08.14. Views from Weston Road, Weston Village. Bill Morton

The River Mersey, Frodsham Score and Manchester Ship Canal.

16.08.14. Views from Weston Road, Weston Village. Bill Morton

Looking south-west where the River Mersey meets the Weaver Estuary and where the latter converges with the Manchester Ship Canal

All images: WSM