20.08.17. Birdlog

A  Little Egret flew west along the ship canal and 2 more fed out on the Frodsham Score salt marsh. A Kestrel was knocked off its perch by a pair of Raven which were looking to cause mischief. Several more Raven were wandering about the salt marsh which is obviously still a drew for their feeding antics. There was just the one Mute Swan with 3 cygnet on the Canal Pools although the other adult and cygnet might have been out of my sight in the reeds.

Another Green Sandpiper with a Common was on a scrape on No.3 tank alongside 6 Common Teal. At the ‘Secluded Pool’ a Grey Heron was sat with another 2 Little Egret, even more Common Teal and 2 Little Grebe were also present. Onward to No.6 tank saw a flock of c500 Black-tailed Godwit  with just a few Redshank and Dunlin roosting together in the shallower water. These were joined by 200 noisy Canada Goose.

A Willow Warbler was seen on the bank by the birders watch point  and several more Common Whitethroat and Chiffchaff were spotted along Lordship Lane. These small birds drew the attention of a passing Sparrowhawk which was hedgehopping.

Arriving back at Ince and a pair of Peregrine passed overhead and were watched rising high on a thermal.

My last Little Egret was resting on one of the pools at the pig farm and is surely part of a displaced movement of birds away from their breeding/natal colony somewhere in the county?

Observer: Paul Ralston.

Around the Weaver Bend this morning were 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Stonechat.

Over high tide on No.6 tank a Knot and a Ruff joining the Black-tailed Godwit flock and Redshank were with small numbers of Dunlin and Ringed Plover. A Peregrine flew over and a Marsh Harrier was over No.4 tank.

Once the sun came out a few dragonflies appeared, including a Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Ruddy Darter and Common Darter.

Observer: Alyn Chambers.

Archive images by WSM.