10.08.15. Birdlog

10.08.15. Birdlog

10.08.15. Peregrine and Dunlin flock, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (4)

10.08.15. Peregrine and Dunlin flock, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (3)

10.08.15. No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill MortonIn a blustery but warm south-westerly breeze we spent the afternoon in a relatively quiet time watching the waders gathering on the exposed muddy margins to the flooded eastern side of No.6 tank.

10.08.15. Dunlins, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

10.08.15. Dunlin and Lapwing, No.6 tank, frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

A gathering of 670 Dunlin were feeding out in the open compared to their recent behaviour of choosing to conceal themselves in the tussocks of vegetation. Although presently there is no sign of any eastern shorebirds, it will be only a matter of time before they filter in.

10.08.15. Ruff, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (5)

The numbers of Ruff are continuing to increase with 22 birds noted today.

10.08.15. Black-tailed Godwits, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

Black-tailed Godwit are shedding feathers and are looking a bit patchy in places so, of the 540 birds present some looked in perfect condition while some were in transitional wing and tail moult.

10.08.15. Common Snipe, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2)

There was 6 Common Snipe (Arthur Harrison) seen and these were fairly bold and choosing to feed out in the open with the Dunlin flock.

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

The Garganey reappeared with a flock of 8 Common Teal and another 100 Teal were with 6 Shoveler on the tank.

10.08.15. Ruff, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (4)

10.08.15. Dunlin flock, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1)10.08.15. Ruff and Black-tailed Godwit, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill MortonA relatively prolonged period of time elapsed before the whole flock of Dunlin and Black-tailed Godwits rose from the tank and as usual the cause of their concern was the big female Peregrine making a couple of sweeps at taking out a wader (top two images). On a couple of dives it even made an attempt at taking a Black-headed Gull. All of which were failed attacks.

10.08.15. Comma Butterfly, No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

There were a few Raven out over No.4 tank and small numbers of both Swallow and Sand Martin were moving into the wind.

Also seen were 2 Comma, 1 Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell and several Gatekeeper Butterflies.

Observers: Sparky, WSM (and images).

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