16.02.17. Birdlog

16-02-17-dunlin-and-turbines-no-6-tank-frodsham-marsh-bill-morton-416-02-17-dunlin-no-6-tank-frodsham-marsh-bill-mortonI’m filling my birding boots this week so this evening saw me sentinel like perched on the banks of No.6 tank. The clouds were threatening to close in during the day and by tea time they had and the light wasn’t at its best. Despite this there was plenty of activity on the sludge tank below with c500 Lapwing, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 43 Black-tailed Godwit, 80 Redshank, 15 Ruff, 470 Golden Plover, 3 Little Stint and c1000 Dunlin but interestingly they all chose to stay in their specific groups.

16-02-17-black-and-a-single-bar-tailed-godwits-no-6-tank-frodsham-marsh-bill-morton-2As dusk approached 90% of the caldris flew out to the estuary and the godwits followed suite with the Bar-tailed for company (positioned centre top on above image).

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Ducks were again less conspicuous but Common Pochard have started to increase with 32 birds just about outnumbering the Tufties. There were a few each of Pintail, Shoveler, Mallard and 270 Common Teal which were all clustered beneath the south banks.

The sub-adult Marsh Harrier dropped in at dusk while both Kestrel and Sparrowhawk chanced their arm (or wing) at the Starling flocks passing through on their way to the bridge.

Raven were again numerous and gorging on the plentiful supply of sheep and lamb carrion. A short empathetic delivery from a Cetti’s Warbler sounded the last post for bedtime.

Observer and images: WSM.

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