20.10.17. Birdlog

The afternoon tide out on the river concentrated 2 Great White Egret, c39 Little Egret on Frodsham Score/Ince Marshes and observed from the north side of the Mersey Estuary at Hale per Dave Craven

The tide brought in a Spotted Redshank, 310 Black-tailed Godwit, single Dunlin, 15 Ruff, 12 Redshank and 15 Common Gull.

Observer: Mark (Whipper) Gibson.

A circular walk around No.6 tank produced a couple of adult Whooper Swan with 2 adult and four juvenile Mute’s out on Lordship Marsh close to the M56 motorway.

During our walk a female Marsh Harrier, 4 Common Buzzard (including the pale morph present at the Pumping Station) and 4 Kestrel were seen. The harrier disturbed a sky full of 45 Raven, while other Raven were moving inland for their roost.

No.6 tank was still alive this evening with c500 Common Teal, c250 Shoveler, 3 Wigeon, 26 Pintail, 62 Tufted Duck, 16 Common Pochard, 12 Gadwall, 43 Mallard, 14 Common Shelduck and 4 Mute Swan.

The Ruff flock had increased from earlier today with 64 birds present at dusk.

A Cetti’s Warbler sounded off from the reeds below the banks. The Starling roost is beginning to gather for the autumn/winter season over No.3 tank.

Finally, a couple of oddities from the evening walk involved a white Pheasant one of several released on the marshes. The bullocks feeding on nettles on the redundant mitigation area are cloaked and matted with burdock burs giving them a comical, like. One pictured above with its crown of thorns.

Observers: Paul Ralston (images 1 & 4), WSM (images 2-3 & 5-6) & Sparky.

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