11.10.14. Birdlog

11.10.14. Birdlog

11.10.14. Marsh Harrier, Frodsham Score. Bill morton

There were plenty of Wigeon out on the rising tide with several hundred seen. A juvenile Marsh Harrier (see image above) flew to the east along Frodsham Score while 6 Little and 2 Great White Egret were obvious out on the salt marsh. Also present were the 2 Whooper Swan (possibly ringed?) from earlier in the week. 3 Green Sandpiper were on the Manchester Ship Canal. The incoming tide forced in 135 Oystercatcher, 500 Lapwing, 21 Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Dunlin and Curlew.

11.10.14. Whooper Swans, Frodsham Score, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome.

An early start and a walk out to do some vismiging from the banks of No.4 tank: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 9 Pied and 4 Grey Wagtail (flyng south), 32 Meadow Pipit (south), 43 Skylark (south),Swallow, Reed Bunting, Meadow Pipit, finches and two Swallow were moving south. 1 Stock Dove (south), 1 Jay, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 4 Dunnock (south), and finally a Wheatear which didn’t appear to be going anywhere sat it out on the banks of the score. 

11.10.14. Great White Egret, Frodsham Score, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome.

Observers: Tony Broome, Frank Duff, WSM .
11.10.14. Frodsham Score, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome.

High tide and a watch overlooking No.6 tank saw 700 Dunlin, a Curlew Sandpiper, 2 juvenile and an adult Little Stint, 21 Ruff, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 100 Lapwing, 2 Ringed, 6 Grey and a single Golden Plover. A Peregrine briefly flew in and had a go at the wader throng but a female Sparrowhawk caused the worst damage by scooping up a Dunlin from the flock forcing everything to depart back to the river. Ducks continued to loiter on the flooded parts of the tank with 3 Pintail, 34 Tufted Duck and 64 Common Teal adding a little padding to the day. 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker in the white poplar trees above the tank and a Chiffchaff with the Long-tailed Tit flock.

Also noted was a Red Admiral Butterfly and several Migrant Hawker Dragonflies.

The Peregrine seen earlier was sat aloft the blue-topped chimney.

Observer: WSM

A Rock/Water Pipit was noted flying east along the Manchester Ship Canal towards Marsh Farm.

Observers: Tony Broome, Frank Duff.

11.10.14. Frodsham Score, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome.

The Weaver Estuary was alive with birds and included 16 Little and 5 Great Crested Grebe, 430 Tufted Duck, 210 Redshank and 120 Coot. A Great Spotted Woodpecker flew along the Weaver causeway and tallied the third of the day or an extremely flighty solo bird?

Observers: Stewart Clubbe, WSM.

Marsh Farm was the end of day venue with a Common Sandpiper, several Pied Wagtails and Kingfisher along the canal below the farm. Out on the mudflats were 400 Curlew and 2 Little Egret.

Observers: Stewart Clubbe, Tony Broome (images 2-4), Frank Duff, WSM (image 1).