21.07.16. Birdlog

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

(Culicoides impunctatus) MidgesI’d rather face a Notch-horned Cleg armed to its teeth (or stylets) than have to run the gauntlet of a surreptitious ambush from the mighty marsh midges (Culicoides impunctatus). My arms are covered with (their nettle sting like) bites and I can’t even say it was worth the effort birding here this evening! All the same and for what it’s worth the usual Tufted Duck/Common Pochard combo were again present on the waters of No.6 tank. Likewise, Common Shelduck parents were still fostering an excess of surrogate chicks with shelducklings in a variety of age creches. A Little Grebe gave some good views as it sat preening on the waters below the banks from where I was watching.

21.07.16. Little Ringed Plovers, No.3 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1) The nettle and thistle smothered mitigation site had a small group of 8 Greylag Goose, 10 Gadwall, an adult and juvenile Little Ringed Plover.Flying Ant. Bill Morton

21.07.16. Flying Ant, No.3 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton.There was only 11 Raven moving out from Frodsham Score at dusk. The sounds of Reed and Sedge Warbler are diminishing daily as summer slowly nears its peak. A Yellow Wagtail called from nearby.

There were a few leftover flying ants about which kept the high-flying Swift, Swallow and House Martin up in the evening sky.


Observer and images (except image 2): WSM.