Nature Notes #37

It’s that time of year when the Cleg’s are out and biting.

Frodsham Marsh Bird Blog

Nature Notes #37

Horsefly by Tony BroomeWhilst I was looking for something of interest on the umbellifer plants, I got attacked by a ‘Horse-fly’! It’s a summer hazard in grassy areas and Frodsham Marsh is one of their favourite hunting grounds. You have to run the gauntlet from the moment you emege from your car. I was parked at the old birdlog by No.1 tank but they appear from anywhere particularly by No.6 tank. They are more than a nuisance and inflict a nasty bite which can swell up in no time (especially if you are susceptible). I took the opportunity to turn the tables and potted one for further inspection. I wanted to know if they were indeed Horse-flies or a familiar looking fly? Apart from them being quite a complex-patterned fly, their eyes are amazing, reflecting the light in a sixties-style psychedelic pattern. They look really, really weird!.

Horsefly by Tony Broome

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19.06.18. Birdlog.

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A sunrise visit to the Weaver Bend for the reported Red-necked Phalarope pair seen yesterday. On the time I had available before work I didn’t manage to pick them up but a further visit later will be required if they are relocated later today.


Image may contain: cloud, sky, tree, grass, outdoor, nature and waterThere were several hundred Black-headed Gull roosting on the exposed sand bank on the ‘bend’ which was reminiscent to the good old days of the 70’s – early 90’s. A flock of 337 chattering Black-tailed Godwit are I guess additional to the flock I had last evening on No.6 tank. There were lots of Avocet this morning and I counted c80 ( others on the estuary but not counted) with the majority being adults and the rest made up of fluffy chicks to flying juveniles.

A pair of Little Ringed Plover were displaying but the aggressive Avocet parents didn’t give them the space to use. A Common Sandpiper was also present.

Numerous Tufted Duck and broods of Common Shelduck seemed to be everywhere. Other species included: Little Grebe, Gadwall and 2 adult Great Black-backed Gull.

One of the highlights were the hundreds of low flying Common Swift flock hawking close enough to be able to hear their bill snapping within inches of my head.

Walking back and a Brown Hare ran ahead of me on the track..

Observer and achieve images: WSM.