05.02.15. Birdlog

05.02.15. Birdlog

05.02.15. Redwing, Moorditch Lane, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

A diffirent route today forsaking the highlight of Frodsham Score for the upper reaches of the Weaver estuary and fields beyond.

05.02.15. Linnet, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

The horse paddock along Moorditch Lane had a smallish sized flock of winter thrushes feeding on the flooded fields and with the recent dredging of the ditch a sizable flock of Linnet were attracted to its edges.

05.02.15. Redwing and Fieldfare, Moorditch Lane, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1)

A walk along Brook Furlong Lane across to Redwall reed bed, the Lum and around the I.C.I tank taking in the Weaver Bend was fairly educational.

05.02.15. Stonechat (male), The Lum, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2)Two male and a female Stonechat were flight tagging each other in some kind of prenuptial display in and around the Lum reed bed, and a good distraction from the walk. The Shooters Pools held 20 Meadow Pipit and not a lot of anything else.

05.02.15. Shooters' Scrapes, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

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A circumnavigation of the I.C.I tank was informative given that recent work on a couple of additional ‘Shooters’ Scrapes’ were in the field below the eastern banks and another area to watch come the Spring. A Little Egret flew over and would had christened the scrapes had it landed there.

05.02.15. Goosander (female), Weaver Bend, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

05.02.15. Goldeneyes, Weaver Bend, Frodsham Marsh. Bill MortonA couple of pairs of Goldeneye and a female Goosander along with 12 Common Teal, 4 Redshank and 4 Common Snipe were all the ‘bend’ had to offer today.

The Weaver estuary always has something to other and today was no exception, 7 Great Crested and 15 Little Grebe, 23 Common Pochard, 87 Tufted Duck, 2 Gadwall, 14 Mallard and 22 Goldeneye with ten males performing their nuptials to the attendant females.

05.02.15. Stonechat (male), No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

The water on No.6 tank was mostly covered in ice but a few Shoveler and Common Teal chose to linger in a small area of open water. A pair of Stonechat along the reedy edges to No.5 tank made the days tally to five birds.

Observers: Sparky, WSM (and images).

05.02.15. Common Buzzard, Moorditch Lane fields, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

A Common Buzzard was perched in a bush with the motorway traffic thundering past. and additionally, a Merlin was along Lordship Lane and the usual Marsh Harrier was over No.6 tank.

Observers: Mr & Mrs Idris Roberts ( I know it’s a formal listing but you both wouldn’t want it any other way).