25.04.17. Birdlog

The high tide out on the Mersey estuary brought in 800 Dunlin to join the c1000 Black-tailed Godwit that were already en masse on No.6 tank included 5 colour ringed individuals. Five Ruff joined the 50 Redshank and 2 Ringed Plover.

Observer: Roger Wilkinson.

On the mitigation pools on No.3 tank was a Greenshank with Ruff, Dunlin, Redshank and Black-tailed Godwit. Also 3 Whinchat on Lordship Lane with 9 Wheatear on the ploughed/model aircraft field. A Marsh Harrier flew over.

Observer: Steve O’Connell.

I had to wait until 6.30 pm before I managed to drop in on the action on No.6 tank. The Black-tailed Godwit flock was much reduced with only 500 birds present. Hiding within their numbers were 3 Whimbrel, 49 Redshank, 3 Ruff a single Knot and 30 Avocet.

Common Shelduck are increasing and 230 birds were mostly paired up. Joining the eastern side of the flooded water were 94 Tufted Duck, 50 Common Teal, 100 Shoveler and 45 Gadwall.

Swallow numbers have increased with 150 hawking over the open water at dusk.

Observer and images: WSM.

Storm over Frodsham image by David Stewart.

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