10.05.17. Birdlog

I don’t normally include images of released cage birds but Peter Warburton liked this bird so much I felt obliged to include it. Enjoy Peter.

The continuing warm sunshine is taking its toll on the water level on the tanks with the mitigation now a series of shallow muddy pools. Fortunately the cows have been taken/wandered off the pools.

No.6 tank lacked its gathering flocks of Black-tailed Godwit until I found a group of 50 hiding along the edge of the northern banks. I assume the rest have decamped across the river to Carr Lane pools? A smallish flock of Dunlin were circling the water but never really settled for long and were still at it when I left. Apart from a lonesome Whimbrel and a couple of Ringed Plover that was about it for waders.

The ducks have less room to move about on the sludge tank so it was good to see them all sharing the space. A scattered group of 14 Common Sheduck joined up with parties of Gadwall and Shoveler. The Tufted Duck pairs reached 43 and 3 drake Common Pochard somehow found themselves back here.

The Marsh Harriers were again quartering the marshes. A young Raven was sat out on a willow tree and calling for attention.

On my way off the marsh a Cetti’s Warbler was close by and typically very vocal.

Numerous butterflies on the wing included my first Red Admiral of the year.

Observers: Peter Warburton, WSM (images 1-3).

The last hour around No.6 and a look over Frodsham Score. A drake Common Pochard was still in with the Tufties and 4 Little Grebe were scooting across the waters. The herd of Mute Swan were still on the tank and the godwit numbers were lower tonight as were the Dunlin. Two Whimbrel were at the waters edge alongside a Lapwing and her 2 chicks.

Looking out over Frodsham Score a Marsh Harrier made its way over the Manchester Ship Canal then No.4 then on to No.6. It was seen again a short time after back over the score marsh.

A male Stonchat was on the bank of the ‘Splashing Pool’ and a Barn Owl was along Lordship Lane.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images 4-5).