03.06.15. Birdlog

03.06.15. Birdlog

03.06.15. female Long-tailed Duck, No.6 tank, frodsham Marsh, Cheshire. Bill Morton (2)

A text from Sean and we were heading down to No.6 tank to watch a female Long-tailed Duck (SO) associating with a pair of Tufted Duck on the eastern side of No.6 tank and a fine bird it was as well. Long-tailed Duck video here: https://vimeo.com/12980374103.06.15. female Long-tailed Duck, No.6 tank, frodsham Marsh, Cheshire. Bill Morton (1)

The pumping of sludge into the tank is beginning to encourage other birds to utilise the flooded habitat and I’m sure that sooner or later something a little unusual will show up here?

03.06.15. Little Egret, No.6 tank, frodsham Marsh, Cheshire. Bill Morton

A Little Egret was also present in the flood area with Common Shelduck and more Tufted Ducks. The Grey Heron continue to brood here.

A Cuckoo was still along Redwall reedbed with another by Marsh Lane bridge. Other birds of note: Lesser Whitethroat, 200 Common Swift and a Marsh Harrier.

Observers: Sean O’Hara, Frank Duff, Sparky, WSM (and images).

03.06.15. Corncrake, Carr Lane, Hale, Cheshire. Bill Morton (4)

03.06.15. Corncrake, Carr Lane, Hale, Cheshire. Bill Morton (2)A visit over to Hale at 9.00 pm and with just a handful of other birders the Corncrake put in a brilliant performance and was on view at one time for 15 minutes and a little later calling constantly with more uninterrupted views for 20 minutes. A rare find and such a privilege to be so close to enjoy this unprecedented visitor to the banks of the river.

Corncrake singing video here: https://vimeo.com/129751798

Observers: Sparky, Emily Traynor, WSM (video and images 1 – 5).

Corncrake 24 Hale 03 06 15 Mike Roberts (2)

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Corncrake 24 Hale 03 06 15 Mike Roberts (3)A selection from Mike Roberts of the Hale Corncrake (images 6 – 12).