13.05.15. Birdlog

13.05.15. Birdlog

13.05.15. Whinchat, I.C.I tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (10)

A short early morning walk from Ince Berth to the Canal Pools this morning. A Wheatear was on the canal bank and Mallard, Tufted Duck and Gadwall were present on the waters edge. The very vocal Reed Warblers were in good voice in the reed beds alongside No.4 tank.
13.05.15. Yellow Wagtail. Ince Marsh. Paul Ralston
A Little Egret was a long way out on Frodsgham Score where 8 Raven fed on another sheep carcase and were joined by 3 Great Black-backed Gull. A pair of Oystercatcher were calling from the pontoon on the canal bank and a Common Sandpiper flew alongside.
13.05.15. Mute Swans, Canal pools, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston
The Sand Martins are nesting on both sides of the canal by the dredging berth and 3 Mute Swan were on the canal pools and several more Wheatear were in the field there. Back by the car 2 pairs of Yellow Wagtail and a Whinchat were in the crop field where the mixed swan flock usually spend their time in the winter months.
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Earlier in the day Paul managed to again find a Garganey drake with a female at Thornton le Moors.
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Observer: Paul Ralston (images 2 & 3).
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13.05.15. Whinchat, I.C.I tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (25)After work I managed to squeeze in an hour or two on the marsh but changed my route to include the Weaver Bend and the I.C.I tank.
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There were plenty of Tufted Duck on the River Weaver with c100 birds present. A couple of pairs of Great Crested Grebe joined Common Shelduck alongside the tufies.
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A small party of 4 Whimbrel flew cover but split into two groups and another group of 3 birds followed shortly after these birds were heading east while a Little Egret took the westerly option heading out the Mersey estuary. The Weaver Bend had 2 Ringed Plover, a pair of Little Ringed Plover and 3 pairs of Oystercatcher (SO).
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Redwall reedbed hosted a Cuckoo before it flew to the east. Overlooking the dried up shooters’ scrapes below the eastern banks of the I.C.I tank was a fine Whinchat. Also in the hedgerow here was a singing Lesser Whitethroat.
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The scrapes close to the Ship Street entrance below the I.C.I tank (south side) held 4 Lapwing chicks.
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The pipes across No.1 tank had 3 Wheatear but heat haze caused a few viewing issues.
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Observer: WSM (images 1 & 4). Other observers present: Alyn Chambers, Paul Lee.
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The Weaver Bend had a pair of Little Ringed and Ringed Plover.
Another Lesser Whitethroat was singing by the ramp to No.6 tank while a Sparrowhawk was active. 7 Wheatear and a Yellow Wagatil were at Marsh Farm. Over on No.6 tank there was a couple of Little Ringed Plover, 2 Wheatear and a single Yellow Wagtail.
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Observer: Sean O’Hara.
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Belated news from yesterday and seen by Neil Blood: Light Bellied Brent Goose on Weaver Bend this evening plus Hobby.