31.10.14. Birdlog

31.10.14. Birdlog

31.10.14. Fieldfare, No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

Merlin chasing Starlings over No.5 tank, 12 Ruff and 26 Herring Gull (3 being argentatus types), 51 Fieldfare heading south and 2 Stonechat on No.1 tank.

Observer: Frank Duff.

We managed to squeeze in some birding after work and perhaps the last one of the year. Ducks were again in reduced numbers despite the water level rising. Teal reached 231, 1 Tufted Duck, 12 Gadwall and 3 drake Pochard. The Ruff and Reeves from earlier in the day were again on the tank with roosting Lapwing (170), 2 Golden Plover, 103 Black-headed and 78 Common Gulls were also present at dusk. 14 Raven were heading off to their roost over the hills and an impressive flock of 450 Fieldfare containing 100 Redwing streamed in from the north, flew low over No.6 tank and out to Lordship Marsh. Presumably a Merlin over Moorditch Lane was attracted by the thrush movements.

Observers: Sparky, WSM (and image).

A huge murmaration of Starlings starting at 4.30 at the Growhow works end of No.4 tank

Observer: Shaun Hickey.

A Chiffchaff was heard sub-singing on Runcorn Hill at dawn. (WSM).