21.04.16. Birdlog

30.07.15. Avocet, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1)DSC_1492Just a very brief visit this evening to check No.6 tank. The ducks were still present but numbers are dwindling with 57 Tufted Duck, 34 Shoveler, 50 Common Teal, 12 Gadwall and 200 Common Shelduck.

Shorebirds were taking advantage of the reducing water level on six and Redhshank have taken over from Black-tailed Godwit (at least today) with 230 birds compared to just a handful of the blackwits. A small flock of Dunlin, 2 Avocet, 2 Common Snipe and 11 Ruff were feeding along the edge of the shallow waters. Nearby a Reed Warbler was singing at the junction of 3, 5 & 6, whilst all around the evening air was filled with the sounds of Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap and Sedge Warbler. Low flying Swallow and Sand Martin were hawking over six.

Over on No.3 tank a smaller selection of duck were present and 4 Avocet.

Walking back over the motorway bridge on Marsh Lane c4 Pipestrelle bats were feeding over head. All this watched over by a silver full moon.

Observer and image: WSM.