21.04.17. Birdlog

Out on the marsh everything’s hotting up for tomorrows first Frodsham Festival of Walks on the marsh see here: http://frodsham.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Walks-2017-Final-A5-Version.pdf

Today’s highlight was a toss-up between either the Osprey or the Hobby?

I spent 11am until 3.30 pm at the sludge tanks and Weaver estuary. A Hobby and a Common Swift brought summer well and truly into this corner of Cheshire. A couple of Marsh Harrier were over the western end while 1060 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Knot, 10 Dunlin, 11 Ruff, 5 Golden Plover, 101 Redshank, 39 Avocet, 5 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 170 Common Shelduck, 92 Shoveler, 4 Wigeon, Common Teal, Mallard, Gadwall, 9 Mute Swan plus.

Observer: Dermot Smith.

That wasn’t a bad return for Dermot’s visit and Joe Chester did equally well scoring the Curlew Sandpiper and an Osprey!

Observer: Joe Chester (image 1).

I started from Ince this afternoon where a Whitethroat was singing in the hedgerow and a Common Sandpiper was at the edge of one of the new pools. On these new pools were Gadwall, Common Shelduck and Mallard with a single Little Egret. Out on the salt marshes were more Shelduck with Canada Goose and Greylag. A couple of pairs of Oystercatcher on the Manchester Ship Canal bank. At the Holpool Gutter a Stoat was seen to swim back and forth across the gutter checking out the rat holes and gave me great entertainment for a short while. A group of 8 Wheatear were along the fence by the dredging berth with another group of the same size seen later along Lordship Lane. I saw 20 Avocet on the mitigation pools with Common Teal, Shoveler, Gadwall, Mallard, 6 Redshank and a Ringed Plover. A Peregrine pulled out of a dive in pursuit of a Wood Pigeon over the oilseed rape fields along Lordship Lane and then targeted the wader flock on No.6. A Mallard had a clutch of ducklings in the ditch and feigned an impression it had a broken wing when it saw me approach. Back at Ince there were 13 Little Egret were getting ready to go to roost as I made my way back to my car. ​

Observer: Paul Ralston (images 3-4).

Additionally and local to Frodsham were c60 Waxwing perched up in trees by railway bridge behind Go Ape activity centre, Delamere Forest. There were 3 Crossbill in flight over the south west corner of Blakemere and a dead roadkill male Stoat on Station Road.

Observers: Sparky & WSM (image 5-6).