23.12.16. Birdlog

23-12-16-black-tailed-godwits-no-6-tank-frodsham-marsh-paul-ralston-3A festive early finish from work and a seasonal walk around No.4 to No.6 tanks before the worst of Storm Barbara could hit us with her handbag.

23-12-16-black-tailed-godwits-no-6-tank-frodsham-marsh-paul-ralston-4I started at Godscroft Lane where a flock of c60 Black-tailed Godwit were feeding and a Kingfisher left the ditch to fly over the banks of No.6 . There were flocks of Linnet and Goldfinch again in good numbers feeding on the seed heads on the wayside of the lane while a Kestrel sat nearby. Onward to No.6 and there were even more godwits joining the Dunlin, Redshank, Curlew, Lapwing and a couple of Ruff there. Ducks were much in evidence with Common Teal, Mallard, Common Shelduck, Tufted Duck, Wigeon and Pintail on the water.

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A watch over Frodsham Score salt marsh from the banks of No.4 produced Little except for a few thousand Canada Goose while Raven were enjoying the winds to perform their tumbling aerobatics. The field alongside the Holpool Gutter had a large flock of Lapwing and a couple of hundred Golden Plover. Also present were 9 adult and 3 young Mute Swan. Walking back along Lordship Lane a Merlin passed over head and several Common Buzzard were noted.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.

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