05.01.16. Birdlog et al

pallas's warbler02 040116 copby Mike Malpassy - Copy05.01.16. sinensis Cormorant, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill MortonWith some time to kill before meeting up with Sparky after her school session. I made a trip to look for the Green-winged Teal that had gone AWOL of late even venturing out to the sticks at Neumann’s Flash near Northwich. Alas, it wasn’t available for comment despite 340 Common Teal reluctant to budge from the flooded daisy beds on No.6 tank. The Common Pochard flock comprised 24 birds of which 7 were females. A loose group of 16 Wigeon, 34 Shoveler, 23 Gadwall,c100 Mallard and a senensis Cormorant resting up with a carbo on the roost tree.were noteworthy.

05.01.16. Lapwings, No.3 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

The Lapwing tide roost was very nervous and a couple of distant gun shots sent them to the skies, only to resettle and then redo the whole procedure again whenever a threat loomed over the horizon. Within their midst were a few Golden Plover but the main contingent were beyond the west end of No.4 tank where the sky was filled with several thousand Lapwing (mostly) and Goldies. A small number of Common Snipe flew over but other than that these were the only waders present during the time I was there.

05.01.16. Trucks, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

05.01.16. Kestrel, No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton.The 1st winter Marsh Harrier was tacking the edge of the reed beds hoping to flush out a suitable prey item but it didn’t linger and was soon off on its rounds.

An artillery blast by the wintering Cetti’s Warbler below the teal viewing banks of No.5 tank was a welcome surprise and a fair size flock of Chaffinch were loitering around the dung piles adjacent to Moorditch Lane. A mournful singing Song Thrush and a few Redwing were about the horse paddock field.

05.01.16. Juvenile Great Nortern Diver, West Kirby. Bill Morton

Away (half) Day Special to the Wirral

After collecting Sparky from work we took a half day off from our usual preamble and shot over to West Kirby to ogle at the Great Northern Diver that has been present there for several weeks now. We had a unique experience when the diver started to lurch out of the water to fly catch some winter gnats above its head. In my excitement to capture this event I inadvertently knocked the dial setting on the camera and ended up with a series of under exposed grainy images (that’s my excuse anyway) and a selection of which are featured at the bottom of this posting.

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Redshanks by Paul RalstonWe then proceeded down to Heswall to see the Pallas’s Leaf Warbler which has taken up residence at a water treatment plant at the end of Target Road. I met Paul Ralston there and he told Sparky that I “know the best places to take a girl out to”. Her look said it all!

It was nice to do a bit of birding off piste from Frodder’s for a change but all these rarities can turn a lad’s head if you’re not too careful.05.01.16. Pallas's Leaf Warbler, Heswall, Cheshire. Bill Morton

A video by Greg Baker of the Pallas’s Warbler here: https://vimeo.com/151003433

A big thank you to Mike Malpass and his wife J for allowing me to publish his excellent images (1 & 7) of the Pallas’s Leaf Warbler and to Paul Ralston for his image (8) and my poor efforts are (images 2-12).05.01.16. juve Great Northern Diver, West Kirby marine lake, Merseyside. Bill Morton05.01.16. juve Great Northern Diver, West Kirby marine lake, Merseyside. Bill Morton05.01.16. juve Great Northern Diver, West Kirby marine lake, Merseyside. Bill Morton05.01.16. juve Great Northern Diver, West Kirby marine lake, Merseyside. Bill Morton

Great Northern Diver fly catching at West Kirby marine lake.

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