13.12.15. Birdlog (WeBS Count)

13.12.15. Birdlog (WeBS Count)

13.12.15. drake Green-winged Teal, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. David Bedford (1)

A text from MacDuff and a quick departure to No.6 tank where he had  found a loafing Green-winged Teal  with a small group of c100 or so other Teal on No.6 tank. I didn’t make it in time and left before it reappeared at 14.30 hrs. It was refound when it jumped out of the flooded daisy beds to show to a couple of other birders. I’ll try again in the morning.

13.12.15. drake Green-winged Teal, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. David Bedford (2)Today’s WeBS count was done in persistent (and I mean pissistent) rain and a cold easterly breeze made the experience all the more intolerable.

The Common Pochard flock from yesterday increased to 24 birds and easily outnumbering the half-dozen Tufted Duck. When the Common Teal were spooked from the dense vegation it was a lot easier to get a snap shot of their numbers with in excess of 600 birds present. Little wonder the GWT chose to join in their ranks. 16 Wigeon, 14 Shoveler, a solitary drake Pintail, 12 Gadwall, 7 Mallard, 3 Mute Swan and 8 Cormorant. A flock of 8 Redshank and 5 Common Snipe were about it for waders here.

Nearby on No.3 tank 300 Lapwing with 50 Golden Plover were reduced from yesterday.

A Stonechat feed along the pipes on No.1 tank.

Observers: Frank Duff, David Bedford (image 1-2) WSM.

13.12.15. Shaun Hickey's WeBS count images from Frodsham Score (4)

Out on Frodsham Score other WeBS counters like Shaun Huckey were counting in excess 40,000 wintering Dunlin and a herd of Whooper Swan with some incredible counts of Canada Goose.

13.12.15. Shaun Hickey's WeBS count images from Frodsham Score (7)

13.12.15. Shaun Hickey's WeBS count images from Frodsham Score (1)Observer: Shaun Hickey (images 3-5).13.12.15. Iceland Gull, Pickerings Pasture. Ian Igglesden

A 3rd winter Iceland Gull, immature Shag and a potential Caspian Gull were a little out of range but were available over the last couple of days across the river per Ian Igglesden (and image 6), Dave Craven, Rob Cockbain.