29.03.17. Birdlog

The threat of rain was in the air this evening but nonetheless it didn’t deter me from my goal. I walked through the periods of showers until I reached the banks overlooking No.6 tank. I could hear the sounds of Golden Plover but it took a while before they appeared in flight from the rushy area on the south end of the tank. After a while they settled down with a similar number of 20 Ruff. Small numbers of Lapwing and Curlew were also present but the godwit flock had vacated the area (for now). A small number of 6 Avocet were feeding in the shallows.

Tufted Duck featured a relatively big flock with 64 birds but again no Common Pochard. A pair of Pintail and 230 Common Teal were flushed from the flooded vegetation.

Over on the mitigation area were 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank, 30 Common Teal and 23 Shoveler.

Four Common Buzzard were hanging in the air riding the uplifts from the steep banks of the tank and presumably in attendance to a female which the other three were curiously attentive to. An adult Peregrine flew over to No.4 tank but didn’t linger.

Walking back to my car and a Cetti’s Warbler aimed a few blasts of song from a bramble patch and shown itself very briefly. A lone Sand Martin flew overhead into the wind but generally summer migrants are not showing in force just yet.

Observer: WSM (images).

28.03.17. Birdlog

We had a great afternoon around the marsh today, No.6 tank held a large flock of Golden Plover, with a few possible Grey Plover with them? There were lots of Wigeon and Gadwall, few Avocet and lapwing too! The new scrape had more Avocet,few pairs of Black-tailed Godwit, the males were bright copper. Ducks included Mallard, Wigeon, Shoveler. Frodsham Score was full of Common Shelduck, Canada Goose, Raven and a lovely pair of Stonechat by the pipes walking round No.5 tank. There was a flock of about 35 juvenile Mute Swan feeding on the wheat fields. A possible Marsh Harrier in the middle of the tank and lots of Common Buzzard floating about! Another great day at the marsh!

Observers: Guy Groves and Peter Malpas.

Image by Paul Ralston.