28.05.16. Birdlog

28.05.16. Canada Goose family, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston (2)

28.05.16. Avocet, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2)Out this morning from Ince Berth and around tanks 4 and 6. Now that the breeding season is in full swing with flocks of juvenile Starling begging for food off their parents on the fresh-cut silage. Likewise, the young Carrion Crow youngsters were crash landing in to the hawthorn bushes nearby. A pair of Great Tit were feeding their young in a nest on the pipe bridge crossing the Holpool Gutter.

Out on the Frodsham Score a ewe was trapped, flipped on her back and was still alive when a pair of corvids attacked her eyes (such is the fate of some of these animals when left to roam free). On the Manchester Ship Canal were Mallard, Gadwall, Common Shelduck and Tufted Duck which were joined by several Canada Goose and Mute Swan with Oystercatcher calling in alarm on the canal bank. On the Canal Pools a pair of Canada Goose had over 20 goslings with them.

28.05.16. Ewe and Crows, Frodsham Score, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston (2)

28.05.16. Avocet and Black-tailed Godwits, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (4)Skylark were numerous and singing loud as were Sedge Warbler and smaller numbers of Reed seen and heard on my walk. there were 11 Avocet noted on the scrapes on No.3 tank with a couple of Ringed Plover and breeding Lapwing.

I met a birder who mentioned he had seen a couple Brown Hare earlier this morning so that would have been notable if they crossed my path today. Back along the Holpool Gutter there were more Skylark and 2 pair of Yellow Wagtail were in a crop field.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1 & 3).


28.05.16. female Mallard on branch, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (5)

A fine summer day to be out and about on the marshes today. Starting from No.6 tank  which held a 387 strong summering flock of Black-tailed Godwit including a colour-ringed bird  (pictured below) and ringed as a chick  (colour combination Green/White-Orange/Black) on 10.07.15 at Kaldaðarnes, Árnessýsla, South Iceland.

A lone Avocet was moon walking as it feed in the shallow waters and was presumably back tracking after stirring up food from the muddy bottom. Generally the variety of shorebirds were notably poor with 12 Lapwing and a handful of Redshank. No.6 tank is perhaps more renowned of late for its ducks and as expected the volume of species was again high with Common Shelduck being the most evident with 200 birds. A video of the Avocet here: https://vimeo.com/168516505

28.05.16. Little Grebe, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2)

28.05.16. Colour-ringed Black-tailed Godwit, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2)Also with the Shelduck were 120 Tufted Duck, 3 Common Teal, Gadwall, a drake Pochard and Mallard making up the rest. 3 pairs of Little Grebe were winnowing away in the reedy areas.

A 1st summer Marsh Harrier flew to the east and the same bird was over Marsh Farm a few hours later.

The Weaver Estuary also had 100 Tufted Duck with scattered groups of Gadwall, Mallard and Common Shelduck. Other birds of interest included 7 Great Crested Grebe and a Oystercatcher.

28.05.16. Fox, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

A scabby looking Fox was out on the marsh today.

28.05.16. Oystercatcher, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome

Observers: Tony Broome (images 10-14), WSM (images 2 & 4-9).

28.05.16. Reed Bunting, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome (1)

28.05.16. Sedge Warbler, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome.28.05.16. Reed Warbler, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome (1)28.05.16. Linnet, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome27.05.16. Red Kite, Lordship Lane, Frodsham Marsh. Dan (1)A Red Kite was observed heading NNW over Lordship Lane at 0515 on 27th. Observer Dan (image 15).