22.10.14. Birdlog

22.10.14. Birdlog

22.10.14. Ruff, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

After work trip to the marsh and a mixture of species to keep the interest level up. The numbers of duck on No.6 tank are restricted by the amount of water within the basin so this was reflected by the smaller flock size. 59 Tufted Duck, 1 drake Pochard, 176 Common Teal and 7 Common Shelduck represented the waterfowl. 12 Ruff, 2 Golden Plover and 134 Lapwing made a typical low water (tide wise) count.

The Peregrine was again perched up high on the blue-topped chimney, a single Kestrel hovering over No.5 tank and 4 Common Buzzard were following the earth works on No.3 tank.

Observers: Arthur Harrison, WSM (and image).

7 Whooper Swans were flying over Runcorn Hill towards the Weaver estuary at sunrise (WSM).

21.10.14. Birdlog

21.10.14. Birdlog

21.10.14. Gonzalo hitting Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome.

The tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo produced a generally windy and wild day but at dusk the rain hit with a vengeance and travelling across the Weaver viaduct at 19.00hrs saw the rain coming in horizontal sheets…a bit scary (WSM).

21.10.14. Gonzalo hitting Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome

Images and video taken at dusk from Marsh Farm.

A force 10, but too windy and then wet, and then too dark to see anything blown into the Mersey estuary at Marsh Farm. A look on No.6 tank which was catering for a cowering bunch of 1500 gulls coming into their pre-roost, with mainly Black-headed, but 200 Lesser-backed and a few Common maybe 100 birds.

21.10.14. Gonzalo hitting Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome

https://vimeo.com/110021401

Observer:Tony Broome (Video and images).