09.03.17. Birdlog

A fine sunny day and the lure of the marsh after work was too more to refuse. I trundled down to the marsh with my old pot hole defying car front coil spring replaced.

Walking along Moorditch lane I met another birder who told me he had just seen a couple of Stonechat and a male Blackcap along the track on No.5 tank. As he departed a Cetti’s Warbler started to sing from the thickets alongside the ramp track. No a bad start to the evening watch. Continuing along the lane I set up my scope looking north over No.6 tank where the low sun was much easier to observe the birds. A large raft of Black-headed Gull were bathing on the water before they left for the estuary. A flock of 250 Dunlin were joined by 6 Avocet, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Ruff, 34 Golden Plover and a small number of Redshank.

A couple of Marsh Harrier were quartering the reed beds and later one was perched half way up a reed stem on the edge of the northern banks where a gathering of Common Shelduck and Mallard were curious by its presence. The Raven numbers were filtering south from the direction of Frodsham Score and one stopped off to give one of the harriers a bit of grief.

Ducks were engaged in pair bonding or nuptial displays and apart from the commoner species there was also still Pintail, 300 Common Teal and 8 Common Pochard.

A group of 500 Starlings past through while a Merlin shot over the daisy beds disrupting the roosting waders.

The herd of Whooper Swan were again beyond the blue slurry tank fields close to Hillview Farm.

Observer: WSM (and images).