09.09.15. Birdlog

09.09.15. Birdlog

09.09.15. Little Gull, Weaver Estuary, Frodsham Marsh. Greg Baker

No.6 tank was rather disappointing over the high tide this morning with the water levels being too high to attract any waders.

A Great White Egret did appear overhead from the River Mersey but it continued on south.  The only wader here was a single Common Snipe seen in flight.  Wildfowl present included 282 Tufted Duck, c150 Teal, 36 Shelduck, 8 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler and singles of Wigeon and Pintail.

A Yellow Wagtail seemed to be on reverse migration as it headed north over the main track.  Lots of hirundines were hawking over the water and embankments; mainly House Martin estimated at 250 with about 50 Swallow and 20 or so Sand Martin.  Finally, 3 Little Grebes were out near the water tower and 4 Chiffchaff were calling along the top track.

Over at the River Weaver, the juvenile Little Gull was still hawking over the estuary.  The Bend held a few waders today with counts of 130 Black-tailed Godwit, 28 Redshank, a male Ruff and a Common Sandpiper. A juvenile Peregrine was soaring high over No.1 tank and later joined by a Sparrowhawk, and 2 Grey Wagtail flew south over the causeway.

Observer and image: Greg Baker