04.02.18. Birdlog.

I was out early with a 7.00am start and a flock of 100 Golden Plover were flying over No.6 tank, 17 Black-tailed Godwit and small numbers of Curlew were coming in dribs and drabs totaling 12 birds.

A couple of Marsh Harrier also over the tank were good, but a Great White Egret, despite its relatively regular status on the marshes these days was a special moment. A couple of Kestrel were on No.5 and 3 tanks.

Passerines included Stonechat, c30 Redwing and Goldcrest at the horse paddock hedgerows and a female Stonechat frequented No.1 tank.

Observer and images: Paul Crawley.

After my weekend working day was over I managed to squeezed in an hour’s birding before the light died. A count of the ducks on No.6 tank saw 50 Common Pochard, 243 Common Teal, 23 Common Shelduck, 12 Tufted Duck, 56 Mallard and 214 Shoveler.

A few waders were present with c200 Lapwing and 4 Ruff.

A female Marsh Harrier was perched up in a Willow tree before it circled the tank and dropped down to roost. The Raven flock were heading south in loose groups and in excess of c50 birds were involved. Although I wasn’t paying them the attention they deserved the total was probably much higher than my initial count. A Chiffchaff was contact calling from behind my position and a Peregrine circled high over the marshes.

A skein of several hundred Pink-footed Goose were struggling to create a ‘V’ formation as they headed south over Frodsham Hill.

As I headed back off the marsh in the dark a couple of Little Egret were feeding in the flooded horse paddock field close to Brook Furlong/Marsh Lane. These being the closest to Frodsham village I’ve seen to date.

Observer: WSM.

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