09.07.15. Birdlog

09.07.15. Birdlog

09.07.15. Black-tailed Godwits, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (3)

A ‘reeling’ Grasshopper Warbler in the shrubs alongside the tracks on No.5 tank and above No.6 tank was a gentle introduction into a  fine evenings birding out on Frodsham Marsh.

09.07.15. No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2)

The flooded area of the tank below where the ‘gropper’ sang was alive with birds not least 700-800 Black-tailed Godwits and many in the finest of summer plumages. 20 Avocet, 12 Redshank and a scattered flock of Lapwing.

09.07.15. Black-tailed Godwits, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1)

Duck numbers look healthy here with the prominent species being Tufted including a duck with 8 tufflings in tow. 23 Common Teal, 14 Common Pochard, Common Shelduck and Mallard added to the selection.

09.07.15. Black Swans, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

A couple of Black Swan were also here with half a dozen Mute Swan.

09.07.15. Kestrel (female) with prey, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (13)

A female Kestrel was feasting out on a juvenile Skylark perched on a post alongside the track on No.5 tank.

A tatty Painted Lady and a pair of Red Admiral in the act of procreation were along the newly layed track on No.5 tank.

The contractors were fixing up a gate at the area of the mitigation and across the track there.

Observers: Roger Wilkinson, WSM (and images).

08.07.15.Birdlog

08.07.15.Birdlog

28.03.15. Ruff and Lapwing, No.3 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2)

Return shorebird migration included 4 Ruff, 6 Avocet,10 Curlew and a solitary Dunlin. There were lots of Black-tailed Godwit including the colour ringed bird seen previously. Three Common Gull in the Black-headed Gull flock were also returning from their breeding grounds elsewhere.

Observer: Sean O’Hara.

Image: WSM