24.06.16. Birdlog

24.06.16. Wind turbine installation, No.5 tank, frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston (1) 24.06.16. Wind turbine installation, No.5 tank, frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston (3) 24.06.16. Shelducklings, No.6 tank, frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston (1) 21.06.16. Swift, No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1) 24.06.16. Swifts, No.8 tank, frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston (1)A short walk along the east bank of No.6 tank as the road is still closed while contractors fit rotor blades to the turbine hub. There were masses of Common Swift and smaller numbers of Sand Martin which were feeding just above the bank and their wing-beats were audible as they passed close by overhead. Waterfowl numbers looked down on previous visits but many shellducklings were noted.  A single Great Crested and 2 Little Grebe fed alongside each other. A juvenile Cuckoo was disturbed as I walked along the bank and flew back from my earlier direction but couldn’t be relocated on my return. There were 2 unseasonal Little Egret were feeding on the west side and 7 Avocet flew in to feed in the shallows. The Black-tailed Godwit flock was seen heading out to the Frodsham Score. A hovercraft was being driven on what looks like a new track on the field behind the model air field?

Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-3 & 5). Image 4 by WSM.

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