02.10.16. Birdlog

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02-10-16-weaver-estuary-frodsham-marsh-bill-morton-7After missing out on the Black-necked Grebes on the River Weaver yesterday I took the early morning opportunity to get a second chance. Walking along the edge of the field below the south banks of No.1 tank passing Redwall reedbed and climbing up the dewy laden banks of the Weaver Causeway I was greeted by an almost mirror-like river. If the grebes were to be found then I wouldn’t have any difficulties in seeing them…Unfortunately they were not available for a viewing and apart from a few Great Crested and Little Grebe…I drew a blank. Anyway, such is birding, you either connect or you don’t!

The best part of looking out across the river in the early morning was the fine light and images I managed to achieve with my box brownie digital compact.

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I eventually made my way over to No.6 tank where a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper was feeding closely along the edge of the muddy margins. my time birding was limited so AC took over for the rest of the day.

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Observer: WSM (images 1-4 & 6).

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02-10-16-curlew-sandpiper-juv-no-6-tank-frodsham-marsh-cheshire-bill-morton-7I started this morning with a watch from the corner of tanks 3, 5 & 6. A quick look over No. 6 revealed 7 Pink-footed Goose which flew off to the south. Over the next two hours there was a small movement of birds with 36 alba Wagtail, 22 Meadow Pipit, 21 Skylark and 5 Reed Bunting heading south and a flock of 38 Pink-footed Goose flew north. Also seen during this period were the female Marsh Harrier, a female Merlin, a Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Golden Plover and a Great White Egret flew up from Frodsham Score with 5 Little Egret. In the nearby trees were a Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff.

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02-10-16-marsh-harrier-frodsham-marsh-alyn-chambersAt midday a juvenile Little Stint was briefly on the mitigation area before moving on. No. 6 tank held 7 Curlew Sandpiper, 15 Ruff, 20 Little Grebe and a Great Crested Grebe.

Observer: Alyn Chambers (images 5 & 7-8).

On the lane opposite the Pump House going towards Kemira woods. I stopped briefly when I spotted a Hare and then noticed a Wheatear on the verge.

Observer: Ron Brumby.