11.11.16. Birdlog

10-11-16-tufted-duck-female-and-mallards-runcorn-heath-park-bill-morton-1210-11-16-black-headed-gulls-runcorn-heath-park-bill-morton-7A quick dash before the evening light disappeared. Although only 30 minutes of proper light left I again found Arthur loitering with intent to see some owls but this time his quest was not met. A Marsh Harrier flew in to harass the Starling flocks that were streaming through. These flocks either departed to the Weaver Bend area or gathered in murmurations above the south-east banks of No.6 tank producing a series of pulsating waves.11-11-16-marsh-harrier-no-6-tank-frodsham-marsh-bill-morton-1

11-11-16-marsh-harrier-no-6-tank-frodsham-marsh-bill-morton-4A group of Raven were comically sat along the fence overlooking No.3 while below a group of 30 Common Teal had gathered. Over on No.6 were 7 Common Pochard, 20 Tufted Duck, Mallard, 12 Pintail, a few Black-tailed Godwit, Lapwing, Shoveler and Gadwall were present.

Video of the Marsh Harrier here: https://vimeo.com/191184857

10-11-16-tufted-duck-female-and-mallards-runcorn-heath-park-bill-morton-1Observers: Arthur Harrison, WSM (and images).