13.12.15. Birdlog (WeBS Count)
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.
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.
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.
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.