23.05.15. Birdlog

23.05.15. Birdlog

23.05.15. White Wagtail, Marsh Farm, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2)

It appears that the Avocets in the mitigation area on No.3 tank have deserted their nesting site. Presumably the same birds have relocated and are on territory on a safer area on Weston Marsh lagoon with 3 pairs.

23.05.15. Cuckoo (male), Redwall reedbed, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (15)

DSC_1313 copyWith little activity on both No.3 and 6 tanks we switched our attention to the river opposite Redwall reed bed. A male Cuckoo was feeding along the fence line bordering Redwall with an attendant Meadow Pipit shadowing its every movement.

Most of the summer migrants that were going to stay had done so, and are already with busily tending to defending territories in and around the reed beds by the river. A singing Grasshopper Warbler joined the very vocal Reed and Sedge here and in the hedgerow bordering Brook Furlong Lane was a rattling Lesser Whitethroat.

23.05.15. Great Crested Grebe pair displaying, Weaver estuary, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (15)

23.05.15. Great Crested Grebe pair displaying, Weaver estuary, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (12)23.05.15. Great Crested Grebe pair displaying, Weaver estuary, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (10)23.05.15. Great Crested Grebe pair displaying, Weaver estuary, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (8)23.05.15. Great Crested Grebe pair displaying, Weaver estuary, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (6)23.05.15. Great Crested Grebe pair displaying, Weaver estuary, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (3)23.05.15. Great Crested Grebe pair displaying, Weaver estuary, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (19)

A pair of Great Crested Grebe chose the sunny sheltered bay that last years RNG had selected to spend its summer. These birds have started to build a raft nest and so intent on amor that they performed their ritualised weed dance right in front of us and a fine example of that display they performed.

23.05.15. Weaver estuary, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1)

Other birds noted included: 120 Tufted Duck, 70 Common Sheluck, 20 Coot, 7 pairs of Gadwall, 100 Black-tailed Godwit and several pairs of territorial Oystercatcher.

23.05.15. Pied Wagtail, Marsh Farm, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2)

Over at Marsh Farm a White Wagtail joined the nesting Pied’s there and a female Greenland Wheatear was present along the pipes on No.1 tank.

23.05.15. male Reed Bunting, Redwall reed bed, frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

Observers: Frank Duff, WSM (and images 1 – 13).

23.05.15. Heather Wilde, frod birds (8)

We had a trip to the marsh this afternoon and took Fin’s friend Sam to introduce him to the birds there; the birds seemed to have other plans though!
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The mitigation area (No.3 tank) held about 8 Black-headed Gull, a few Shelduck, a single Oystercatcher, a few Mallard and one Ringer Plover. No sign of the Avocets at all! One huge Buzzard was circling round and a pair of Whitethroat were busy in and out of the vegetation behind the solid black gate.
23.05.15. Heather Wilde, frod birds (7)
No.6 tank was quiet as well. A few Black-head Gull, Canada Geese, loads of Shelduck, a Grey Heron, but no waders.
23.05.15. Heather Wilde, frod birds (6)
So we headed down to the farm to try and find something new for Sam, and there it was waiting, Sam’s first ever Wheatear (which he spotted as well). It sat up on a rock for all to see. A small flock of Linnet were taking mud baths on the banks of the canal, and a Kestrel was hovering over the fields. A few Swallows and one Swift weaved round the farm and a Pied Wagtail was feeding in the field. The Greylags broke the calmness with a call that only a mother could love!
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The sun shone bright, no wind, lovely afternoon.
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Observers: Heather (images 14 – 16), Findlay Wilde and Sam Washington