04.06.17. Birdlog

This mornings visit was very much like yesterday with more or less the same species. The flock of 500 Black-tailed Godwit and 58 Dunlin were on th edge of the receding water line. Because of the falling water level on No.6 tank it concentrates the duck species so the numbers are slowly being edged out. Common Shelduck, Mallard and Gadwall are the commonest species with Tufted Duck varying with their continued flights out to the Weaver estuary and back. A solitary Shoveler flew in with a returning flock of tufties.

It was interesting to see the Raven flying over from Helsby Hill on their daily flight to plunder the deadstock on Frodsham Score.

A Marsh Harrier was again seen but distantly over No.3 tank.

A couple of Avocet were on the mitigation on No.3 tank but its more of a damp patch lately. Flocks of Common Swift were hawking high over the tank.

A recently dead kit Polecat was beside the road at Frodsham Swingbridge early am.

Observer: WSM (images 1-6).

Taking a walk along Brook Furlong Lane and along the River Weaver this morning just before the cloud burst occurred. There were singing Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler present and a male Bullfinch was noted. A Stoat ran across the path near the old birdlog at the junction of No.1 and 5 tanks. Nearby it drew agitated parties of both Linnet and Goldfinch. The Reed Warblers were again loud and proud with one bird singing within a yard or so of where I was standing and too close to focus my camera.

Raptors included Common Buzzard and Kestrel which were active in the area. A Cuckoo was giving its evocative song somewhere in the distance.

The usual ducks were on the river with a pair of non breeding Great Crested Grebe and a large number of Coot.

A vixen and her 3 cubs were play fighting on a lazy day afternoon while a Common Whitethroat was feeding its young.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images 7-11).