19.02.17. Birdlog

19-02-17-mediterreanean-gull-and-black-headed-gulls-no-6-tank-frodsham-marsh-bill-morton-2A collective group of sightings from the marsh today starting with a watch over Frodsham Score where 200 Pink-footed Goose were seen to land on the salt marsh. There was also a movement of Grey Plover disturbed by the tide and a sighting of a Great White Egret.

Observer: Frank Duff.

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I made my last visit to the marsh after work this week and met Alyn on the banks of No.6 tank where he was on his way home but stopped long enough for a brief chat. I’ve included some of his sighting within this post.

A seated position on the steep bank was hard work with a tripod that had a life of its own and responsible for a few choice expletives from me. The duck situation appears to be back to its usual routine…that is, fluctuating. The rare visitors spotted yesterday were conspicuous by their absence. For the sake of accuracy below is today’s duck counts from No.6 tank. The eastern end of the tank is favoured by the Tufted and Pochard flock so 31 of the latter and much lesser numbers of the former (20) were duly in their allocated spots. An increase of 18 Pintail and a decrease of 21 Shoveler, 54 Common Shelduck, 331 Common Teal and Mallard were the other players.

19-02-17-dunlins-no-6-tank-frodsham-marsh-bill-morton-13black-tailed-godwitA couple of thousand Dunlin continue to throng together with small groups fanning out from the main body to feed. Likewise the Black-tailed Godwit (including a new colour ringed bird per AC) flock did the same while 3 Bar-tailed Godwit could be picked out easily by their pale overall plumage. One of the Dunlin was attaining its full breeding plumage (AC) and there was just a single Little Stint jostling for its space within its bigger cousins roost. Nearby there was 15 Ruff occasionally joining up with the feeding Redshank.

19-02-17-marsh-harrier-no-6-tank-frodsham-marsh-bill-morton-2As the evening started to draw in the first of two Marsh Harrier were performing their ritual bonding flight and could be seen for 30 minutes over the reed beds.

19-02-17-mediterreanean-gull-and-black-headed-gulls-no-6-tank-frodsham-marsh-bill-morton-1An adult partial summer (white ringed) Mediterranean Gull dropped into bathe before heading out to the estuary for the evening. Another adult was watched flighting to roost with a big flock of Black-headed Gull about 20 minutes later.

Observers: Alyn Chambers (image 4), WSM (images 1-3 & 5-6).

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