02.06.15. Birdlog

02.06.15. Birdlog

02.06.15. Cuckoo, Redwall reed bed, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (4)

With all the attention focused across the river and the unprecedented arrival last week of a Corncrake. I made the decision to find some solitude with the welcoming embrace of Redwall reed bed and its fence post hopping Cuckoo pair waiting my arrival.

02.06.15. Cuckoo (male & female), Redwall reed bed, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (3)

I had a shouting conversion with Arthur who was at the old birdlog a hundred metres away and he directed me onto the female Cuckoo from his advantage point. I spent some time watching these birds and a small herd of inquisitive cows approached the fence were I was standing. I thought that if I walked slowly towards the male Cuckoo (who was preening) then the cows would follow and act as a shield and conceal me from the bird.

02.06.15. Cuckoo, Redwall reed bed, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1)

This ploy came to plan and I managed to approach to within 10 metres…and then typically, my camera batteries died!

02.06.15. Black & Mute Swans, Weaver estuary, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

The River Weaver was awash with Common Swifts and I countered at least a 1,000 birds stretching from the Weaver Bend out to the Weaver Sluice gates. 20 Mute Swan and the Black (pearl) Swan were by the marshy area with 500 Black-tailed Godwit.

02.06.15. Black-tailed Godwits and Swifts, Weaver estuary, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

A quick glance along the fence which hosted the Springs star bird didn’t produce much but the small flood pool on No.2 tank held 4 Dunlin and 24 Black-tailed Godwit.

02.06.15. Peregrines, Blue-topped chimney, I.C.I , Weston Point. Bill Morton

The blue-topped chimney over at Ineos Chlor, Weston Point supported two Peregrine.

31.05.15. Chiffchaff, brook Furlong Lane, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

31.05.15. House Sparrow and Whitethroat, Marsh Lane, Frodsham Marsh. Bill MortonThe hedgerows and reed beds were again alive with the sound of bird song including Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Sedge and Reed Warbler to name the most obvious ones.

Observers: Arthur Harrison, WSM (and images).