14.04.16. Birdlog

14.04.16. Short-eared Owl, Moorditch Lane, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (13)An after work visit to the marsh and with a lot of activity on No.5 tank with the arrival of the huge cling film wrapped rotor blades laying in state for their installation. I chose to watch over No.6 tank.

Walking along Moorditch Lane and a Short-eared Owl was sat on a post and gave me the opportunity to get some photographs.

It was a little surprise to see a lingering flock of 50 Golden Plover (I thought they’d a least make a move out of the area), 1100 Black-tailed Godwit were feeding and roosting in the knee-deep waters of the eastern half of the deposit tank with 5 Avocet, 120 Redshank and territorial Lapwing. The latter birds were very active when a female Marsh Harrier sailed over on a couple of occasions.

14.04.16. Avocet, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

14.04.16. Marsh Harrier, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1)

Ducks were still using the good feeding areas on six with 34 Tufted Duck, 20 Common Shelduck, 100 Common Teal and 96 Shoveler.

A mixed flock of c100 Sand Martin and Swallow were hawking insects low over the water while Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Sedge Warbler were in song nearby.

14.04.16. Sand Martin, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (3)The highlight of the watch was the 40 minutes either side of sunset when a county record of 183 Raven left Mersey Marshes/Frodsham Score in loose flocks heading south over Frodsham and Helsby Hill. There was no obvious return flight back to the north so, I’m confident the total is accurate and not surprising considering the amount of fodder on the out marshes. This isn’t counting birds roosting out on the score.

Observer and images: WSM.