07.12.14. Birdlog

07.12.14. Birdlog

07.12.14. Sparrowhawk, Ince Marsh. Stuart Maddocks.

I decided to take my Mum for a tour of the marsh this afternoon. It was wild old day with a bit of everything thrown in, rain, hail, strong wind and finally some sunshine. The highlight of the day was a Goldcrest by the Pig Farm at Ince by the start of the track and some stunning views of a sheltering or possibly an ambushing Sparrowhawk just taking it all in as Linnet and Goldfinches found it hard to settle on a stormy day.

Observers (and image 1): Stuart Maddocks (and Mum).

 

07.12.14. Tony on No.4 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Tony BroomeAfter a night of heavy rain and NW gales, the morning began with a strong N Westerly and heavy showers with rainbows. With a temperature of only 4c, it felt bitterly cold. A brighter late morning and afternoon saw stronger gusts and the temperature rose to a balmy 5c. Without gloves, fingers froze and it was difficult to search for birds out on the Score as the tripod shook.

07.12.14. Rainbow over No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome

07.12.14. Rainbow over No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome

.

No.6 tank was a busy place with 30 Herring Gull, 40 Black-headed Gull, 70 Common Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull. 17 Redshank, 1 Grey Plover, 200 Lapwing, 8 Shelduck, 200 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 19 Curlew, 1 Grey Plover, 2 Common Snipe, 300 (long-billed) Dunlin and 9 Ruff were settled on the water and bare mud.

07.12.14. Dunlin, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome
The flooded muddy areas on No.3 tank encouraged 100 Lapwing, 1 Dunlin and a solitary Curlew.

07.12.14. Frodsham Score, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome
Frodsham Score: 120 Oystercatcher, 1000 Dunlin and 4 Common Snipe.

07.12.14. Motorway traffic from No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh Marsh. Tony Broome
The image above shows vehicles on the M56 approaching junction 12 (east bound) and in the foreground is the open water on No.6 tank.

An influx of wintering Song Thrush numbered c20 at various areas, 60 Redwing and a Sparrowhawk was along Brook Furlong Lane.

07.12.14. No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh Marsh. Tony Broome
Out on the River Weaver were 8 Goldeneye and 6 Gadwall.

06.12.14. Starling roost over No.4 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome

No.4 tank: 3 Common Snipe flew out of the tank and an estimated 10-15,000 Starlings gathered for the evening roost. Also noted a Kestrel and Sparrowhawk joined the melee. Further over by Lordship Lane there were 300 Fieldfare, 100 Redwing and a Stonechat was close to the model aircraft field.

.
The Lum fields attracted a Barn Owl at 16.40 hrs which was seen hunting over the rough grassland and phragmites in the dark (presumably the same bird noted midweek hunting in the daylight).

.

Observer: Tony Broome (images 2-10).