20.01.17. Birdlog

20-01-17-no-6-tank-frodsham-marsh-bill-morton-2My first after work visit to the marsh this year and I managed to squeeze in just over an hours worth. The day started off with fog creeping in from the Weaver valley but by lunch time it cleared away to produce a really Spring like day and the evening light was beautiful.

20-01-17-lapwings-and-common-snipe-no-6-tank-frodsham-marsh-bill-morton-2On arrival at No.6 tank a roost of 500 Lapwing with much smaller numbers of Golden Plover. Dunlin were flying in and eventually totaled 300 birds. A single Common Snipe kept out in the open water with a few plovers while 9 Ruff could be found on the vegetated margins. 300 Black-tailed Godwit were mostly on the far side of the tank with the Shoveler, Common Teal and Pintail. The Common Pochard present were with Tufted Duck and included 26 birds.

The Cormorant roost included a white-headed bird amid the 19 present. A Water Rail was seen creeping in and out of the distant reedbed margins.


Ravens were heading south at dusk and it was a little quiet on the marsh considering there were birds of greater value out over the Mersey estuary at about the same time.

Observer and images: WSM.

Little Stint reported earlier in the day.