23.08.15. Birdlog

23.08.15. Birdlog

23.08.15. imm Stonechat, No.1 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Alyn Chambers.
The bushes along the south bank of No.4 tank were full of warblers, tits and finches early this morning. Amongst them was an adult male Redstart which gave a few brief views and possibly another female type bird? A Lesser Whitethroat was with numerous Chiffchaff, Whitethroat and Blackcap. A Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, Sparrowhawk and Greenfinch were also present.
23.08.15. Greenshank, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston
Around midday No.6 tank had 2 Greenshank, 15 Ruff, 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Wigeon, 2 Pintail and 17 Shoveler. The Sparrowhawk appeared again and there was a fly over Collared Dove.
An immature Stonechat was on No.1 tank and 4 Avocet were on the Mersey estuary.

Observer: Alyn Chambers (image 1).

18.08.15. Wood Sandpiper, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston. (2)

A late walk around No.6 after the downpour. A Chiffchaff was calling by the track alongside the tank, while 2 Swift and many Swallow were feeding overhead. There were good numbers of Tufted Duck, Common Teal, Mallard and Shelduck out on the water with 8 Mute Swan amongst them. 38 Cormorant were on the roost tree and more were flying in as I walked along.

Waders were scarce with only 2 Curlew and a Common Snipe noted. Meanwhile an area set away from the main action featured 4 Greenshank and 2 Wood Sandpiper and yet more Teal and Gadwall.

The walk along Lordship Lane had both Reed and Sedge Warbler calling in alarm as I made my way back to my car.

Don had the first Merlin of the autumn on No.5 tank.

Observers: Paul Ralston (images 2-3), Don Weedon.

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