10.05.15. Birdlog

10.05.15. Birdlog

10.05.15. Dunlin (frosty headed bird), No.3 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Alyn Chambers

10.05.15. (frosty) Dunlin in flock, No.3 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (65)

The highlight for one lucky observer this morning was a solitary 1st summer Mediterranean Gull for an hour before departing elsewhere (FD).

10.05.15. Curlew Sandpiper (summer adults), No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Alyn Chambers

10.05.15. 1st summer Meditteranean Gull, No.3 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Frank Duff (2)

Two Marsh Harrier were out wandering with the usual male joined by a female.

The shorebirds present over the last few days were still lingering and included the two handsome summer Curlew Sandpiper, 34 Dunlin (one of which was frosty looking (alpina wannabe?) , 23 Ringed Plover, a single Black-tailed Godwit and  6 Avocet. One of the Avocet seems to have set up camp next to the neighbour from hell, in the form of a very attentive Common Shelduck and no amount of wing flapping/dragging and calling will it take the hint to just go away!

Wheatear could still be found around and a Whinchat put in an appearance along the fence on No.5 tank.

10.05.15. Whinchat, No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Alyn Chambers

Alyn’s journal for his day reads:

7.5 hours on the marsh today produced 70 species, including:
41 Gadwall – on No 6, Mitigation area and the Weaver
1 Pochard – on the Weaver
6 Great Crested Grebe – on the Weaver
Male and female Marsh Harrier – across the marsh
6 Avocet – on Mitigation area
5 Black-tailed Godwit – 4 on Weaver estuary and 1 on Mitigation area
19 Ringed Plover and 57 Dunlin – on No 6 and Mitigation area
2 Curlew Sandpiper – on No 6 in the morning, single bird returned in the afternoon
1 Peregrine – took a Lapwing chick from No 6
1 Lesser Whitethroat – in trees by SE corner of No 1
1 Whinchat – on No 5
1 Wheatear – on the Score from Marsh Farm
4 Greenfinch – around horse paddock by Moorditch lane

Observers: Alyn Chambers (images 1, 3 & 5), Frank Duff (image 4), Sparky & WSM (images 2)