13.09.14. Birdlog

13.09.14. Birdlog

13.09.14. Red Kite, Marsh Farm, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

The main highlight of the day was a juvenile Red Kite which flew in from the north-east circled over Frodsham Score before heading inland over No.3 tank.

No.6 tank at low water was a bit lack with an audible Greenshank and a small group of Ringed Plover. 150 Common Teal, 12 Tufted Duck, 2 Pintail and 4 Shoveler made up the lustre.

13.09.14. Hovercraft clowns, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

The tide crept slowly making its way through the tidal channels and began to swell the river but three hovercraft clowns flushed almost everything off the estuary and sent birds off in all directions. 30 Great Crested Grebe was a combination of adult and juvenile birds.4 Little Egret, 1300 Common Shelduck scattered far and wide, 6 Wigeon, 700 Lapwing, 12 Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, 200 Redshank, 1,000 Black-tailed Godwit and smaller numbers of Curlew.

13.09.14. Kestrel, Marsh Farm, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

Above a young Kestrel takes a break with a rest on a MSC sign.

On Frodsham Score were 17 Raven and 4 Jay were moving through on No.1 tank. A Kingfisher was heard on the ship canal while a trickle of migrants crossed the river with 9 Yellow, 3 Pied and a single White Wagtail present. Sand Martin and Swallow were lingering by the farm and these alerted us to an overhead Hobby, which then sparred with a Sprawk before proceeding to catch dragonflies over No.1 tank.

13.09.14. Meadow Pipit, Marsh Farm, Frodsham Marsh.Tony Broome
13.09.14. Collared Dove, Marsh Farm, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome

13.09.14. Reed Bunting, Marsh Farm, Frodsham Marsh.Tony BroomeA mixed bag of passerines included a light passage of Meadow Pipit, a locally rare Collared Dove and 4 Stock Dove.

The warm rising terminals made raptor watching a little easier and apart from the Red Kite and Hobby there were 2 Peregrine, 4 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and 8 Common Buzzard over the marsh.

Observers: Tony Broome (images 4, 5 & 6), Frank Duff, WSM (and 1,2 & 3 images).