01.08.15. Birdlog

01.08.15. Birdlog

01.08.15. female Ruddy Shelduck, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2)

A weekend afternoon 9.4 m tide out on the River Mersey is always worthy of a watch looking over No.6 tank.

01.08.15. Juvenile Marsh Harrier, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton..

There was quite a bit of aerial nuisance from the model aircraft flying over the sludge tank with a huge 3 metre wing spanned aircraft droning about. Eventually their flying was reduced which allowed the arrival of shorebirds to spend the tide getting some vital rest, food and preen before the tide ebbed and their return to the mudflats.

01.08.15. Black-tailed Godwit, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Heather Wilde (4)

At first small numbers of Black-tailed Godwit started to join those already present and eventually 779 birds were gathered in the open water.

01.08.15. colour-ringed Black-tailed Godwit, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

One (above image) particular bird (male, estimated to be 2 years old) was this colour-ringed bird was first controlled on 01.04.14. Moeze, France (P Delaporte) then in Saint Denis du Payre, France (P Trotignon) on 17.03.15 then relocated to Frodsham Marsh on 27.06.15 (S O’Hara) and again today (WSM).

01.08.15. summer Knot, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1)

A superb summer adult red Knot joined the godwits and 34 Redshank included a wholly luecistic bird which flew in and out as quick as it came. c1200 Dunlin were frustratingly distant for the majority of the observation. A lone Common Snipe was hiding in the vegetation, while a Whimbrel flew in and settled for a while, 12 Ruff included 3 juvenile birds and a solitary Avocet added to the species list.

01.08.15. female Ruddy Shelduck, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1)

A female Garganey with a dozen Common Teal is probably the bird seen over the last week but a female Ruddy Shelduck (well found by Findlay) was the first of the summer here and apart from 3 Shoveler it was again quiet for ducks.

A Little Egret was seen heading over and a Cormorant was struggling to swallow what looked from its bulky crop like an eel.

01.08.15. Juvenile Marsh Harrier, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton...

A male Marsh Harrier was watched food passing to a juvenile bird over the godwit flock. Shortly after this event the male departed to the east but the juvenile was curious of its admirers (us lot) and came close for an investigation…what a bird!

01.08.15. Juvenile Whitethroat, No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

A small passage of Yellow Wagtail moved through and juvenile Common Whitethroat were feeding on and along the track on No.5 tank.

Hirundines again featured passing Sand Martin and Swallow with Swifts moving high to the south.

01.08.15. Juvenile and male Marsh Harrier, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1)

01.08.15. Marsh Harrier (1 juv), No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh, Alyn Chambers.Marsh Harriers images show a male and juvenile above No.6 tank with Helsby Hill in the background and the second image showing gilt edged juvenile.

01.08.15. Avocet and Black-headed Gulls, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

01.08.15. Dunlin flock, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (3)

01.08.15. Stonechat (juv), No.1 tank, Frodsham Marsh, Alyn Chambers. One of five juvenile Stonechat also from No.1 could have been local birds?

01.08.15. Wheatears (1 juv), No.1 tank, Frodsham Marsh, Alyn Chambers.

An adult Wheatear  had a juvenile in tow (were these local birds?).

Marsh harrier video: https://youtu.be/ikMQmzLs5Kk

Observers: Alyn Chambers (video & images 9 &12-14), Frank Duff, Heather (image 3) and Findlay Wilde, WSM (images 1-2 & 4-8 &10-11).

01.08.15. Blackwit Count by Alyn Chambers.

Black-tailed Godwit count from No.6 tank.