04.06.16. Birdlog

04.06.16. Sedge Warbler, No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (4)It was a murky, muggy kind of day for the big 11.40 am high tide. As it happened you would have thought on a big tide any shorebirds out on the river would have dropped in. Despite the lack of waders variety there were a few highlights worth sharing.

Out on the receding waters of No.6 tank were 312 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank and 6 Avocet (a further 12 on No.3 tank) and 24 Lapwing and several still territorial on the drier areas.

Waterfowl included 124 Common Shelduck, 6 drake and 3 female Common Teal, 3 drake Common Pochard, 43 Tufted Duck, 31 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 14 Mallard, 23 Coot, 4 Moorhen and 37 Canada Goose (some with goslings).

04.06.16. Ringed Plover chicks, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (3)

A couple of doting Ringed Plover parents looking over 3 leggy chicks If you look really hard you can just about make them out on the image above.

04.06.16. Little Egret and Black-tailed Godwits, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (4)

I haven’t seen a Little Egret on the marshes for a while but one dropped in for a brief period.

04.06.16. Chiffchaff, No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (12)04.06.16. Common Pochard, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2)Elsewhere on the marshes the first hatching Avocet included the first of two chicks and whilst a pair of Ringed Plover looked likely new to be parents.

There was plenty of frenzied singing/food carrying and territory defending from a variety of passerines with Reed, Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat and Chiffchaff being the most vociferous. A short video of one of them here: Chiffchaff video

04.06.16. Avocet chick, No.3 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton.

04.06.16. Avocet and chick, No.3 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (19)Observers: Frank Duff, WSM (all images).