14.09.15. Birdlog

14.09.15. Birdlog

14.09.15. Kingfisher, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston (6)

A short walk along the Manchester Ship Canal from Ince to the Canal Pools on Frodsham Marsh this afternoon. A large flock of mixed gulls which included Black-headed, Common and Lesser Black-back were feeding on a cut wheat field following a muck spreader as it made its way up and down the field.

14.09.15. Great White Egret, Frodsham Score, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston (4)

On the Frodsham Score were two more gull flocks one of which was made up of Lesser and Greater Black-backed Gulls. The Great White Egret was visible in the distance and was quite mobile.

14.09.15. Razzle Dazzle, Manchester Ship Canal at Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston (5)

The ship canal waters were sparse with a few Coot, Mallard and a Common Sandpiper disturbed when the Snowdrop Mersey Ferry boat made its way back to Liverpool.

Chiffchaff were in double numbers feeding in the Elderberry bushes along No.4 tank. Several Buzzard, a Sparrowhawk and Kestrel were noted along the path. The Holpool Gutter held a few Tufted Duck, Coot, Moorhen and a single Common Teal and a Kingfisher sped past.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-3).

14.09.15. Leucistic Swallow, No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh birds. Bill Morton (2)

14.09.15. Leucistic Swallow, No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh birds. Bill Morton (1)In the early evening we walked out to No.6 tank to attempt to see the Black-necked Grebe on No.6 tank from yesterday (and the previous two weeks), it was not available for comment and didn’t put in a show.  218 Tufted Duck, small numbers of Common Teal, Shoveler, Pintail and Shelduck could be found scattered across the open water.

14.09.15. Leucistic Swallow sketch, No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill MortonThe highlight was the grounding of c 500 hirundines during a period of continues rain. The flocks consisted of mostly Swallow, with lesser numbers of House and Sand Martin. A flock of a hundred Swallow perched on the brick drainage tower on the south side of No.6 tank suddenly rose and with them was an obvious leucistic bird. Despite the flock wheeling around in the rain this abnormal Swallow was clearly apparent in the gloom. It was relocated several minutes later perched on the wire fence before hawking for insects with several other birds low over No.5 tank. Apart from its obviously pale plumage the head parts were like those of a normal Swallow. The under wing coverts and a patch on the rump were a darker biscuit brown. A truly odd individual and well worth seeing on the marsh tonight.

Observers: Roger Wilkinson, Sparky, WSM (field sketch and images 4-5).

A link to a similar bird seen in Gloucesterhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-34223915

13.09.15. Tony Broome Guest Blog 3

13.09.15. Tony Broome Guest Blog 3

13.09.15. Chiffchaff, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Brome (4)

13.09.15. Chiffchaff, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Brome (1)I fancied a walk around in the sunshine with a view to taking a few snaps with the first DSLR I’ve owned since my old Nikon 300 in the seventies.

How technology has moved on! I used Kodachrome 25 in those days, a transparency film that two weeks to process in a laboratory somewhere before dropping through the letterbox. Out of 36 transparencies, you were lucky if there was a single good picture.

Fast forward to today and a new Canon with a telephoto lens, a superb motor-drive and instant results… There’s a lot to learn, so I’m still a novice but enjoying the challenge.
13.09.15. Chiffchaff, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Brome (2)I started off at the old birdlog and walked around the Weaver Bend. The familiar call of Chiffchaff filled the bushes with the odd one singing every now and again.

Next to the old log is a beautiful old apple tree with small red apples clinging to the branches. Lit up in the sunshine it looked so rustic. Two of the Chiffchaffs dropped into it and began to chase each other around, occasionally perching out on the branches. I estimated around 20-25 Chiffchaff throughout the day.

13.09.15.Starlings, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome.Relatively few hirundines seemed to be left. 150 Swallow, 30+ Sand Martin and maybe 10 House Martin over the tanks. The only sign of viz-mig were 4 Meadow Pipit south in pairs.

13.09.15. Whinchat, No.1 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Sean O'Hara.
The Weaver Bend had 2 Common Sandpiper, a Ruff, 100+ Redshank and a few Black-tailed Godwit. I stood in the sunshine, sheltered from the cool SW breeze… I thought it was meant to be warm!

13.09.15. Stonechat, No.1 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Sean O'Hara.

I wondered back to the old log where Frank and Alyn turned up and we headed for Marsh Farm to see what Frodsham Score had in store. Just before the farm, a fine Whinchat sat up on the top of the bushes and a few Stonechat remained on the pipes, found earlier in the week.

13.09.15. juCommon Buzzard, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome (1)
Raptors were much in evidence. Common Buzzard were all over the tanks with four in a party the largest single count during the day. Difficult to count, there was probably somewhere between 15 and 20 birds. 10 Kestrels, 1 Sparrowhawk, at least one juvenile Peregrine and a single Hobby over No.4 tank made up the rest of the sightings.

13.09.15. juvenile Peregrine, Frodsham Score, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome (3)

One juvenile Peregrine over the Score chased a feral pigeon relentlessly for five minutes or so until finally grounding it and presumably lunching on it.

13.09.15. Ravens, Frodsham Score, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome.

The Score held small numbers of waders as high tide approached, although most were hidden from view. 100+ Black-tailed Godwit, 150+ Redshank and 350+ Lapwing were counted very approximately. 9 Wigeon flew west.

13.09.15. Goldfinch, No.1 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Sean O'Hara.
On No.6 a single Common Snipe was sheltering in the secluded pool. 3 Wigeon, 2 Shovelers, 3 Pintail, a Pochard, 150 Tufted Duck and 100 Common Teal fed on the Sea Aster seeds.

I looked for the Black-necked Grebe but it wasn’t on show.

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Interesting passerines consisted of 4 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Grey Wagtails, and 300+ Goldfinches.

13.09.15. Red-legged Partridge, Frodsham Marsh. Sean O'Hara.

Insects were about in abundance with 10+ Migrant Hawker Dragonfly being the most noteworthy. Butterflies included Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood and both Large and Small White.

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It was a pleasant day. Lots to look at and the last of the sunshine before a week of forecasted rain and a lot of pictures to sort through…

Observer: Tony Broome (images 1-4 & 7-9 & 14).

13.09.15. Large Red Underwing Moth, Moorditch Lane, Frodsham Marsh

13.09.15. Large Red Underwing Moth, Moorditch Lane, Frodsham Marsh.Some additional reports included 14 Little Egret and a Great White Egret out on the Mersey marshes. Just before Tony left for home Sparky spotted (and Tony identified) a Large Red Under-wing moth perched up on a metal structure.

A covey of Red-legged Partridge are birds set down by the shooters on to the area east of No.5 tank.

13.09.15. Curlew, Frodsham Score, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome.

.We continued our walk onto No.6 tank and the open water was filled with ducks 13.09.15. Black-necked Grebe, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh.(as mentioned above) three Cymru birders relocated the Black-necked Grebe as we walked past them and found it was tucked into the bank and obviously avoided detection for most of the day.

Observers: Alyn Chambers, Frank Duff, Sean O’Hara (images 5-6 & 10-11), 3 Welsh birders, Sparky, WSM (images 12-13 & 15).

12.09.15. Birdlog

12.09.15. Birdlog

12.09.15. Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (9) - Copy

A bit of a mixed bag as far as the weather was concerned today with it starting off dull interspersed with showers and becoming sunny later all backed up by a brisk westerly airflow.

A look along the south banks of No.4 tank looked promising but eventually only produced 10 Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 7 Greenfinch, 30 Linnet and 50 Goldfinch.

Over to No.6 tank to see what the mediocre high tide on River Mersey would push onto the vacant mud. It was evidently clear that it wasn’t going to be high enough to push anything onto the tank so, ducks were encountered and then countered. 12.09.15. Black-necked Grebe, No.6 tanj, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (5) - Copy

The winter plumaged Black-necked Grebe was giving close views as it floated by preening, drifting and fishing. There were 5 Little Grebe within the duck numbers which featured: 213 Tufted Duck, 23 Wigeon, 12 Shoveler, 13 Gadwall, 45 Mallard, 7 Pintail and 45 Common Shelduck.

12.09.15. Black-necked Grebe, No.6 tanj, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (6)

A juvenile Hobby was hunting an impressive hirundine flock numbering 550 birds on, over and across the marsh today. Later in the afternoon it reappeared over Marsh Farm. With the dispersal of the hirundine flocks from earlier the Hobby didn’t have a lot to select from and moved on.

Marsh Farm also provided views of 2 Sparrowhawk and a pair of Peregrines giving the local Ravens a bit of grief. Meanwhile, a Stonechat was feeding along the fence line/pipes on No.1 tank.

12.09.15. View of River Mersey from Marsh Farm, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (3)

12.09.15. Kestrel, Marsh Farm, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2)Out on the river from Marsh Farm the hoped for Kittiwake that Hale birder Dave Craven had found loitering off Hale Marsh was unfortunately, nowhere to be found. Some compensation for missing the seagull were hundreds of shorebirds. The mudflats held: 550 Black-tailed Godwit, 70 Oystercatcher, 130 Curlew, 200 Redshank, 200 Dunlin and 400 Lapwing. Other birds present close to the Weaver Sluice gates where 8 Great Crested Grebe, 19 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron and Shelduck were taking advantage of the food source here.

12.09.15.Peregrine attacking Raven, Power station Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (8)

A couple of adult Peregrine were perched up on the blue-topped chimney but when they spotted a local Raven, they both took umbrage to and repeatedly swooped at it both in flight and on the iron works of the power station.

Observers: Frank Duff, WSM (images 1-6 & 10).

12.09.15. Goldfinch flock, Lordship Lane, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston (2)

12.09.15. Reed Warbler, Lordship Lane, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston (2)

A walk around No’s 6 and 4 tanks this afternoon taking in the Manchester Ship Canal and the Holpool Gutter. A Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler and male a Blackcap were all in the same Elderberry bush by the entrance ramp to No.6 with more Chiffchaffs seen and heard along the walk. The water on six held many Tufted Duck, Common Teal, Mallard with Common Shelduck, Pintail, Wigeon and Gadwell in amongst them. 12.09.15. Sedge Warbler, Lordship Lane, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston (2)

A male Sparrowhawk was hunting the far bank and two juveniles were hunting the hedgerow bordering Lordship Lane hoping for some of a flock of 200 or more Goldfinch. The same birds took to the air as a Kestrel honed in on them. Frodsham Score was quiet but a Great White Egret could be seen in the distance.

The Holpool Gutter held only Coot and Moorhen with 3 Buzzards sitting on the straw bales along the bank. Back along Lordship Lane more Chiffchaff could be heard contact calling and a Kingfisher was in the ditch alongside No.6 tank.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images 7-9)

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A fridge freezer dumped sometime ago in a ditch along Lordship Lane was adopted and adapted by Mrs Nature. This careless fly tipping of a kitchen appliance is being utilising slowy being converted into a wildflower garden (WSM).

10.09.15. Birdlog

10.09.15. Birdlog

10.09.15. Black-necked Grebe, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (3)

10.09.15. No.3 tank (mitigation), Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1)After work and the plan was to watch over No.6 tank and attempt to count the ducks there. On arrival there wasn’t much to get me excited so I continued the walk down to the mitigation area on No.3 tank. The tractor was still tilling the soil and work on extracting earth and making earth mounds continues with some gusto and these were scattered across the northern half of the tank. I sure all will come apparent in time? Perhaps with all this tractor and earth tilling it was no surprise to see several hundred Black-headed Gulls following the vehicles course with the expectation of a tasty morsel or two.

10.09.15. No.3 tank (mitigation), Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2)

10.09.15. No.3 tank (mitigation), Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (3)

Retracing my way back to the northern edges of No.6 tank I took up my usual position and watched the waterfowl below. The Pintail flock has increased to 10 birds with 300 Common Teal, 30 Common Shelduck (all juvenile birds), 12 Shoveler, 3 Wigeon, during the course of the evening Tufted Duck began to arrive to roost here from the Weaver Estuary. A small flock of 8 Mute Swan were settled close to the banks and the daisy clumps.

10.09.15. Pintails, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

10.09.15. Mallards and Black-necked Grebe, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

10.09.15. Little Grebe and Black-necked Grebe, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2)Little Grebe reached a total of 10 birds and the Black-necked Grebe reappeared after a few days absence and its fiery-eye glowed like a ruby in the evening sunshine.

Small numbers of House Martin and Swallow were moving through in flocks.

A female Sparrowhawk was impressive as it flew straight into a cottage hedge and behind the sign Marsh Green Cottages (Marsh Lane) in pursuit of a local House Sparrow. She emerged empty clawed but I’m sure the sparrow didn’t reappear too quickly after that scare and may needed a wet wipe tissue.

10.09.15. Common Snipe (juv), No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

A Common Snipe was the only wader on the secluded pool which may have been watched out. However, 250 Black-tailed Godwit rose and settled over and on Frodsham Score . Raven are a regular sighting on the marsh and loose flocks were heading south at dusk.

Observers: Paul Booth, WSM (and images).

With all this warm sunshine love was in the air this morning on a local park lake with Mallards courting and cementing their relationships!

Frodsham Marsh Wind Farm Construction: No.1 & 3 & 4 & 5 tanks (updated)

07.09.15. Windfarm construction, No.1 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton., (4)

07.09.15. Windfarm construction, No.1 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton., (5) 07.09.15. Windfarm construction, No.1 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton., (1) - Copy 07.09.15. Windfarm construction, No.1 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton., (3)If you have been birding on Frodsham Marsh during the week you will have heard the continues thud, thud sound of a pile driver. This is machine is inserting foundation supports for the construction of the bases for the wind turbines. Presently this is occuring on Lordship Marsh, No.4 tank and No.1 tank. I have included some images from No.1. tank.

10.09.15. Wind farm construction on Frodsham Marshes. Bill Morton (5)

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10.09.15. Wind farm construction on Frodsham Marshes. Bill Morton (9)These images show work continuing on No.5 tank with the pile driver, earth digger and the building of the power house generator?

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Over on No.3 tank and tilling of the soil here and the excavation of soil for scrapes?

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Work on the foundations for No.4 tank wind farm is continuing and above are four images from that site.

10.09.15. Wind farm construction on Frodsham Marshes. Bill Morton (11)Thanks to Shaun Hickey for this image of a construction of a wind turbine (?) on Lordship Marsh.

All images except the last by WSM.

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

08.09.15. Birdlog

08.09.15. Birdlog

08.09.15. Weaver Bend, Frodsham Marsh

A walk after work along the Weaver Causeway and out to the ‘Bend’ to stretch the auld legs. In its day, the Weaver Bend was a place of high expectations but, alas that was a few decades ago. Today the water level is kept artificially high to maintain the right level on the Manchester Ship Canal for navigable ocean-going ships. These ships require access to Manchester via the Weaver Estuary at its confluence with the canal.

08.09.15. Little Grebe family, Weaver Bend, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (6)

The walk was interrupted by the juvenile Little Gull which was fairly busy flying up and down the river collecting flies in mid-flight. A family party of Little Grebe were fishing mid-water where a juvenile Great Crested Grebe was present.

08,09.15. Lapwings, Weaver Bend, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1)

On the ‘Bend’ was a sizable flock of 30 Redshank which always seemed to prefer this area in early autumn. Black-tailed Godwit numbered 15 which included a colour ringed bird from a few weeks back. Other shoreline birds along the margins included a Common Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 3 Ruff and 300 Lapwing. The latter were very jumpy especially when a sailing boat disturbed everything.

08,09.15. Stonechats, No.1 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1)

08.09.15. Stonechat(s), No.1 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton.Retracing my steps I hiked up to Marsh Farm and paused to watched 4 young Stonechat along the pipes and fence line. They were in moult from their scaly juvenile plumage into something familiar to us. I was speculating to their origins, were they local to the marsh? This is their third day in this spot.

I met up with FD at the pipes after he had left No.6 tank where a sudden arrival of hundred s of mixed Swallow, House and Sand Martins were feeding.

At dusk a sizeable movement of Meadow Pipit started to drop onto the pipes and presumably were using them for a roost site?

A couple of (non-native) released Red-legged Partridge were along Brook Furlong Lane looking a little furtive but it’s wise for them to be so.

06.09.15. Swallows, No.4 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1)

After I left the marsh at the junction of Marsh Lane and Main Street in Frodsham a flock of 150 House Martin were low over the street lights and gathering for a roost nearby.

Observers: Frank Duff, WSM (and images).

08,09.15. Teasil, Weaver Bend, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton.

Teasel in the evening sunlight from the Weaver Bend.

07.09.15. Birdlog

07.09.15. Birdlog

07.09.15. juvenile Little Gull, Weaver Estuary, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

The Weaver Estuary is looking good at the moment with a fine selection of species on offer. The juvenile Little Gull was flying to and fro along the stretch of river until a juvenile Peregrine put the frighteners on all the Lapwing and it disappeared without trace. After a period of reflection it reappeared from the direction of the Weaver Bend and then continued its familiar fly catcher activity.

07.09.15. juvenile Little Gull, Weaver Estuary, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (6)

07.09.15. Peregrine, Blue-topped chimney, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1)07.09.15. Blue-topped chimney Peregrine, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2)

.  The berth below Marsh Farm had a Common Sandpiper while a Grey Wagtail and a couple of alba wagtails were about the berth. Looming above all of this was the female Peregrine perched on struts below the top lip of the blue-topped chimney and illuminated by the evening sunlight.

07.09.15. Grey Wagtil, Marsh Farm, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton_0679 (11)

07.09.15. Stonechat(s), No.1 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (30)Two Common Sandpiper were working their way along the muddy banks of the river while 40 Redshank, 10 Black-tailed Godwit and 120 Lapwing were hogging the shoreline. Also present were 3 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Little Grebe and 112 Tufted Duck. On my way back along the track below the eastern banks of No.1 tank an explosion of birds from the Weaver Bend included 40 Redshank, 52 Black-tailed Godwit and 17 Golden Plover which flew out to the Mersey Estuary.

07.09.15. Stonechat(s), No.1 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (9)

The pipes on No.1 tank were a treasure trove for Meadow Pipit with in excess of 100 birds. A small cluster of four Stonechat were busy fueling up en route to destinations unknown (the image above shows three of these birds).

I bumped into Arthur on the bank but a quick glance over No.6 tank revealed 200 Tufted Duck, 100 Common Teal and Pintail but not the Black-necked Grebe although a small party of 8 Little Grebe were in the area.

Observer and images: WSM

06.09.15. Alyn Chambers Guest Blog

06.09.15. Birdlog

05.09.15. Swallow (juvs), No.4 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Heather Wilde

Alyn Chambers Guest Blog

The day turned out to be full of activity although initially it didn’t appear so.

6.09.15. Black-necked Grebe, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Alyn Chambers (1)

The bushes along the south bank of No. 4 tank held the majority of the 24 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap, 6 Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warblers and 1 Reed Warbler seen on the Marsh today. In amongst them was a Garden Warbler, which remained elusive after the initial sighting. 2 Jays, 5 Greenfinch and 2 Grey Wagtails were also seen.

The Black-necked Grebe remained on No. 6 tank and was joined by 26 Shoveler, 6 Wigeon and 3 Pintail and 4 Ruff. A Little Stint flew out towards the Mersey estuary with 3 Ringed Plover and a Marsh Harrier drifted over No. 5 tank.

6.09.15. Red-legged Partridge, Frodsham Marsh. Alyn Chambers (2)

A Red-legged Partridge was on Brook Furlong and the Mersey estuary held an Avocet amongst the Black-tailed Godwits and 20 Great Crested Grebe were present as well.
06.09.15. Fulmar, Weaver Estuary, frodsham Marsh. Alyn Chambers (2)
The Fulmar from earlier floated down the ship canal past Marsh Farm with a Great Black-backed Gull keeping an eye on its attempts to get airborne.

A juvenile Little Gull joined the hirundines on the Weaver Estuary along with another 2 Ruff in the Redshank roost.
A small roosting flock of Black-headed and Common Gulls also featured 4 Ruff to join their ranks on the western end of No.6 tank.

Alyn Chambers

05.09.15. Raven, Frodsham Score, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston

In addition to Alyn’s post other observers sightings included: On the outer marshes of Frodsham Score were 2 Great White Egret and it was good to have them back into the autumnal fold.  There were two Hobby over No.4 tank/Ince fields. Ravens were out and about over the salt marshes.

06.09.15. male Stonechat, No.1 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston (2)A morning migration watch saw small flocks of Wood Pigeon, Meadow Pipit, Jackdaw, White and Grey Wagtail heading south. No.6 and No.4 tank had hundreds of juvenile Swallow either over the open water or resting up on the wire fences. At dusk a male Stonechat was along the pipes on No.1 tank.

By far the highlight of the day (or rather later in the day) was a sickly Fulmar (AC) along the ship canal by No.4 tank and later relocating to the Weaver Estuary (FD) and was the first Fulmar this century!

06.09.15. Hobby, No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston (2)

There were hundreds of Swallows and martins which were hawking over the water when panic set in as a Hobby appeared and chased one over the track and back over the water not sure of the outcome as I lost sight of them behind the bushes (PR).

A juvenile Little Gull (FD) was noted by the Weaver Sluice gates and rounded the day off with some classic bird sightings.

Observers: Alyn Chambers (images 2-4:), Allan Conlan, Frank Duff, Paul Ralston (image 5-7), Heather (image 1) & Findlay (Young Birder of the Year Award Winner!) Wilde, Sparky, WSM.

04.09.15. Birdlog

04.09.15. Black-necked Grebe, Ince Marshes. Ron Brumby (2)

04.09.15. Birdlog

A long trek to the western end of No.6 tank to catch any shorebirds that may have ventured here from the ever diminishing tide resulted in a few Ringed Plover and 6 Ruff. It was dodgy, dodging the heavy volume and vehicles of the ongoing wind farm construction.

The ‘Splashing Pool’ had a few Coot, Tufted Duck and Raven numbers out across the ship canal are building up after the breeding season and they’re some big corvid brutes out there.

04.09.15. Buzzard, Ince Marshes. Ron Brumby (3)The Black-necked Grebe was again fishing close to the flooded Michaelmas Daisy beds with a couple of Little Grebe. 23 Shoveler, 154 Tufted Duck, a Pintail, 67 Common Teal, Gadwall and Common Shelduck were all noted on No.6 tank.

The Growhow area by Ince marsh fields had a hunting Sparrowhawk and Common Buzzard flushed a flock of 150 Golden Plover which for the early autumn were a fairly significant number.

Observers: Ron Brumby (and images), Alyn Chambers, Mark (Whipper) Gibson, Sparky, WSM