09.05.17. Birdlog (Part 2)

An evening walk along Brook Furlong Lane and along the River Weaver. A Brown Hare was in one of the fields alongside the lane and a Brown Rat was on the path. Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Blackcap were all vocal and Sedge Warbler were active in the reeds alongside the river.

On the river bank 4 Ringed Plover and 2 Common Sandpiper were noted. Ducks included Tufted Duck, Mallard, Common Shelduck and a small number of Gadwall were making the most of the evening sun. Walking back to my car a Cuckoo was heard calling alongside the river and was seen making its way along the fence pursued by several small birds.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.

I had a few hours looking over No.6 from 1700 to 1900 hs in glorious evening sunshine. A male Cuckoo treated to me to a display flight over what I call the No.6 copse and was very vocal. Nearby an ear-piercing Cetti’s Warbler stuttered out a blast of song within the shadows of the gorgeous windmills ;^)

On the walk back I came across a Weasel running towards me so, I managed a few seconds of video before it spat out a few obscenities in my general direction as it run into the verge before darting back onto the road behind me.

Observer: Gary Worthington.

09.05.17. Birdlog (Part 1)

I had a couple of spare hours so nipped to No.6 tank, lovely sun, but heat haze was terrible.

Birds seen today included: 3 Avocet, 90 Black-headed Gull, 320 Black-tailed Godwit, 850 Dunlin, 18 Gadwall, 160 Common Shelduck and a Sparrowhawk.

Observer: Joe (Chester).

My visit was so brief this evening I met myself walking back. The Black-tailed Godwits were huddled close to the south bank with a much reduced count of Dunlin that Joe had seen earlier but 3 Ruff were additions to his count.

The male Marsh Harrier was drifting over the reed beds while several Raven were tumbling over Frodsham Score.

A couple of Avocet were on the shrinking waters of the mitigation area of No.3 tank. The sight of a Lapwing attempting to mob the cows that are scattered across its nesting site was (I’m afraid) typical of the management of this area.

Several Common Swift were over Marsh Lane on my way home.

Observer and images: WSM.