13 & 14.04.15. Birdlog

13.04.15. Birdlog

14.04.15. Swallow, Marsh Farm, frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

A couple of Chukar were along Brook Furlong Lane and presumably released by the shooters close by. 2 Swallow and a Sand Martin noted flying west.

Observers: Arthur Harrison, Frank Duff.

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14.04.14. Birdlog

14.04.15. Wheatear, No.1 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

You know when you’re in for a good watch when you don’t move a foot for the best part of an hour. I was rooted to the spot watching a gathering of Wheatear on, along, by and over the pipe line on the southern edge of No1 tank. At least 12 birds were present and an additional 9 more across the Manchester Ship Canal from Marsh Farm.

A pair of Swallow look to be the birds that normally set up territory at the farm with display and bonding already in progress. Small numbers of Pied Wagtails were about but a flyover Yellow Wagtail was a first for the year.

The Peregrine was again sat preening high up on the blue-topped chimney.

Eventually, I dragged myself away from the action to take a look over No.6 tank. I met Barry Jacks and Nigel Case there briefly and we watched, a solitary Little Egert, 110 Common Shelduck, 67 Common Teal, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, c30 White Wagtail, 24 Pied Wagtail, 54 Meadow Pipit and another 9 Wheatear.

Over on No.5 tank more Wheatear could be found with birds scattered across the fields and brought the evening total to at least 50 birds.

14.04.15. Ruff, No.3 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

A last visit of the day to No.3 tank where there were 3 Ruff, a Ringed Plover, 6 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall and 23 Common Teal.

The female Marsh Harrier was quartering what’s left of the reed beds on No.4 tank and was seen earlier in the day by Moorditch Lane from the M56 (per Paul Crawley).

Observer:and images: WSM.

33 Raven left the marsh at dusk and wandered over the hill to their roost.

Observer: Jean Roberts.