27.09.16. Birdlog

27-09-16-hale-lighthouse-and-the-mersey-estuary-at-sunset-bill-morton-5The fine weather today was a lot more enticing to pay a visit to the marsh for a spot of birding compared to the deluge we experienced yesterday.

27-09-16-kingfisher-moorditch-lane-frodsham-marsh-bill-morton-2

Along Moorditch Lane I was taken aback by a Kingfisher that flew from the ditch to cross my path and fly up the embankment of No.5 tank before doing a U-turn and fly back and pose briefly on an iron pipe stretched across the ditch.

27-09-16-marsh-harrier-female-no-6-tank-frodsham-marsh-bill-morton

Arriving on to No.5 tank I met Arthur where we both bumped into a couple of birders who mentioned seeing two Marsh Harrier and two Curlew Sandpiper on the mitigation site. We both made our way to that area but apart from a single Common Teal (no change there) we didn’t see anything else.

27-09-16-dunlin-curlew-sandpiper-ruff-no-6-tank-frodsham-marsh-bill-morton-5

On returning to look over the muddy area of No.6 we soon relocated the two juvenile Curlew Sandpiper which were with a solitary Dunlin and 15 Ruff. The area was alive with ducks and a conservative estimate of species included: 12 Pintail, 120 Wigeon, 100 Shoveler, 47 Mallard and a few Gadwall. There was a couple of Great Crested Grebe while Dabchicks numbered 16 birds.

27-09-16-weaver-bend-and-wind-turbines-from-cowhay-lane-bill-morton-10

27-09-16-peregrine-blue-topped-chimney-bill-morton-2A Fox was presumably the concern of many of  the ducks which were a little flighty. A Water Rail was calling from the reed beds below the bank while close-by a singing Cetti’s Warbler shattered the otherwise serene scene.

One of the Marsh Harrier (a female) flew over disturbing the 400 already nervous Common Teal. Further out at Weston Point was a big female Peregrine perched up on the blue-topped chimney before launching off to hunt the estuary at dusk.

27-09-16-weaver-estuary-at-sunset-bill-morton-2

A fine sunset over the Mersey Estuary ended a much better return to some quality birding for a change.

Observers: Arthur Harrison, WSM (all images).

Enter sightings and comments

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.