19.10.15. Birdlog

19.10.15. Birdlog

19.10.15. Ruff and Spotted Redshank, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

19.10.15. Cormorant, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

An evening watch over the open water of No.6 tank produced a fine selection of ducks which included: c500 Common Teal, 21 Pintail, 67 Tufted Duck, 12 Gadwall, 34 Mallard, 87 Shoveler, 43 common Shelduck and 7 Common Pochard. The Cormorant roost reached 21 when I left but more were arriving. The small flock of Black-tailed Godwit were flushed by a mobile crane carrying a platform which poked above the tree line.

A Ruff followed the feeding pattern of the Spotted Redshank as it scythed its bill from side to side while the other wader followed in its wake.

18.10.15. Shoveler, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill MortonA Sparrowhawk patrolled the shrubs along the bank on No.6 tank while a female Merlin was doing likewise above the Michaelmas Daisy beds, presumably hoping to flushed out a pipit?

Observer and images: WSM.