16.11.14. Birdlog

16.11.14. Birdlog

Dawn broke over No.6 tank and one die-hard took up the gauntlet determined to have a good day out on the marsh. Observation commenced at 08.15 – 09. 35 hrs.

16.11.14. Stonechat (female), No.1 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome. 16.11.14. Stonechat (male), No.1 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome.


3 Cormorant, 3 Curlew, 800 Lapwing, 17 Golden Plover, 50 Dunlin, 5 Ruff, 17 Pochard, 520 Common Teal, 22 Shoveler, 7 Gadwall, 23 Tufted Duck, 6 Common Shelduck, 30 Mallard, 6 Mute Swan,  a single Great Black-backed Gull and to cocktail shake this lot up was an immature Peregrine which flushed everything at 09.10.

Moving out to No.3 tank after the Peregrine aftermath produced  (09.35-10.26): 8 Common Snipe, 5 Pied Wagtail, 14 Meadow Pipit, 14 Reed Bunting and 5 Song Thrush.
16.11.14. Starlings), No.1 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome.
16.11.14. Starlins, Moorditch Lane, Frodsham Marsh. Bill MortonNo.4 tank (NE corner, Canal Pools and Frodsham Score) 1026-1145: A single Great White Egret with 2 Little Egret, 7 Whooper Swan, 26 Mute Swan, 5000 Dunlin, 84 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Jay, 8 Long-tailed, 3 Blue and 5 Great Tit, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Redpoll spp (flying south) 10 Raven and 13 Jackdaw.
A ‘ringtail’ Hen Harrier was over No.3 and 4 tanks while 25 Chaffinch, 5 Great Tit and 3 Song Thrush were in and around the scrubs.
No.3 tank – Canal Pools: 1 Green Sandpiper (another was on No.4 tank per JR), 3 Common Snipe, 60 Chaffinch, 40 Goldfinch, 15 Coot,
No. 6 tank (12.20-13.00): 20 Chaffinch and a Snow Bunting calling several times in flight from the south-west at 12.41 – 12.43 over the track above No.6 tank and flew north-east over the old bird log parking area.
Weaver Estuary (14.00 – 16.15): 150 Tufted Duck, 3 Goldeneye, 19 Little Grebe, 100 Redshank, 100 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Grey Plover,  500 Curlew, 30 Meadow Pipit,
2 male and 2 female Stonechat on the pipes on No.1 tank with another male and female at the ‘Point’.
Observer and images (images 1, 2 & 3): Tony Broome.
A couple of (presumably) immature Marsh Harrier was over No.4 tank.
Observers: Mr and Ms Mike Turton.

The stubble fields alongside Lordship Lane held 121 Linnet, 46 Skylark, 13 Reed Bunting and present in the hawthorn hedge near the slurry tank were 12 Fieldfare and 9 Redwing.
Observer: Jean Roberts.

16.11.14. Stonechat (male),Lordship Lane, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton
A walk around No.6 tank at dusk resulted in seeing other Stonechat which included a male and 2 females along the fence line opposite the model aircraft field. Two Chiffchaff along Moorditch Lane and 60 Linnet in the stubble field.
The flooded areas on No.6 tank included most of Tony’s sightings from earlier in the day with the addition of c600 Dunlin roosting with the Lapwing flock.
Observers: Sparky, WSM (images 4 & 5).
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