13.10.14. Birdlog

13.10.14. Birdlog

12.10.14. Great White Egret, Frodsham Score. Bill MortonA quick walk mid morning along the Manchester Ship Canal and Holpool Gutter produced just one of the Great White Egret and a single Little Egret on the score.

Jack Snipe flushed from the Canal path flew a short distance and landed after 20 yards only to be flushed again. Both Grey wagtail and Kingfisher were about the gutter near to the Growhow works and a male Sparrowhawk was on pallets at the pallet yard.

Observer: Paul Ralston.

I was keen to get down to the marsh after work and I was hopeful the rain would hold back long enough for me to get some birding done. As soon as I arrived at the ramp by No.6 tank the rain began and continued until I left…Birds just have to sit it out and so should me. A Golden Plover joined the small Lapwing flock facing the stiff NE breeze with heads down and shoulders hunched up. The (12) Ruff always appear frantic when they are feeding and these birds were no exception with the flock feeding one moment then flying ahead of each other to get to the best feeding spots.

3 Pintail, 8 Gadwall, 12 Tufted Duck, 32 Common Teal and 23 Mallard were out on the open water.

Observer and image: WSM