21.09.14. Birdlog

21.09.14. Birdlog

21.09.14. Magpie, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Heather and Findlay Wilde.

An early visit to the Marsh this morning by Heather and Findlay Wilde was curtain for an enjoyable watch and in their own words they saw…On their journey south we were sure the 20 Swallows were discussing journey plans on the telegraph wires just before the bridge. Walking alongside No.6 Tank we could hear several Chiffchaffs and we followed a Jay most of the way down the track. The drilling rig that was on the corner had gone? Several fence posts were occupied by Ravens and there were Robins darting across the track every 50 m or so.
21.09.14. Common Buzzard, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Heather and Findlay Wilde.
No.6 Tank didn’t disappoint with plenty of ducks and waders, but nothing out of the ordinary. Our eyes were drawn upwards as a Sparrowhawk did a very lazy looking fly by. It circled the tank a couple of times before flying off towards Frodsham Hill.
21.09.14. Common Buzzards, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Heather and Findlay Wilde.
But by far the highlight of the trip was the group of 13 Buzzards riding on the thermals above No.6 Tank. Some were making weak attempts at locking talons and there were a few mid-air scuffles, but the overall sight of those 13 stunning raptors gliding effortlessly against the blue sky is an image that will stay with me for a long time.
 21.09.14. Battered Comma.  No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Heather and Findlay Wilde.
Observers and images: Heather & Findlay Wilde.
21.09.14. Catalina over Frodsham Marsh. Alyn Chambers.
Not to be out done Alyn pitched in with a really big bird!
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The highlights of a trip out today around midday were 5 Pintail and 4 Ruff on No.6 Tank, a Whinchat at Marsh Farm and 3 Little Egret on the Mersey estuary. Whilst at Marsh Farm a PYB5A Catalina flew south having been at Southport Air Show earlier.
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Observer and image: Alyn Chambers