16.05.16. Birdlog

16.05.16. Peregrine and Black-tailed Godwits, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2)

16.05.16. Short-eared Owl, No. tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2)An after work visit to the marsh this evening in glorious sunshine. A walk along the top banks of No.5 tank overlooking No.6 tank was rewarded with fine views of a flock of 260 Black-tailed Godwit with one sporting colour leg rings (details of this bird at bottom of this post). A smaller flock of 45 Dunlin 6 Avocet, 6 Redshank and 32 Ringed Plover. All these birds would inevitably attract the attention of the local Peregrine, a male hurtled in scattering the godwit flocks which in turn retaliated and began to mob the falcon.

16.05.16. Avocets and Black-tailed Godwits, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

There was a huge gathering of ducks on the tank tonight with Common Shelduck being the most prominent species numbering c300 birds, Gadwall were well represented with 126, followed by 100 Mallard, 67 Tufted Duck and a solitary drake Common Pochard

16.05.16. Short-eared Owl, No. tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1)

Over on No.5 tank itself a Short-eared Owl was observed pouncing into tall grass before perching up and then heading over the reed beds on six.

16.05.16. Head of Lapwing (deceased), No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

Bizarrely, I came across the severed head of an adult Lapwing on the banks close to the track

16.05.16. Wind Turbines, No.1 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

Observer and images: WSM.

Black-tailed Godwit colour ringed as above:

Chick – Green/White-Orange/Black 10.07.15 Kaldaðarnes, Árnessýsla, S Iceland

GW-OB 31.08.15 Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby, Merseyside, NW England

GW-OB 7.11.15 Frodsham Marsh, Cheshire, NW England

GW-OB 16.05.16 Frodsham Marsh, Cheshire, NW England

GW-OB 17.05.16 Frodsham Marsh, Cheshire, NW England

23.08.14. Birdlog

23.08.14. Birdlog

23.08.14. Ship from Marsh Farm. Tony Broome

There’s always something to see at Frodsham Marsh and if the birding is a little slack then there’s the big ships that sail through the marsh via the Manchester Ship Canal which will hold your interest before the birding picks up.

23.08.14. Marsh Farm. Tony Broome

The large haystack at Marsh Farm is a great wind barrier and often attracts migrating birds to shelter from the rain and wind. It was early doors and a ‘trektellen’ count from and over the farm started at 09.50-10.30 hrs: A flock ahead of heavy rain featured 800 Swallows, 300 Sand Martins, 50 House Martin, 50 Swift, a solitary Yellow Wagtail and 23 Lapwing heading south-west.

23.08.14. Spotted Redshank and Greenshanks, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome

23.08.14. Spotted Redshank , No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome

No.6 tank from 10.40-14.00 hrs: A male Marsh Harrier was perched on the grassy field of No.5 and then a little later over No.6.tank. Also noted were 30 Black-headed Gull, 12 Common Gull (with 56 there at 16.50hrs). An adult moulting Mediterranean Gull flew off high to the south at 11.24 hrs. Note: Green ring on left leg below knee, metal ring on right leg above knee. It is possible this bird is from Hamburg, Germany where this colour combination occurs but obviously without the letter or number code it would be difficult for curtain?  

23.08.14. Juvenile Little Stint, No.6 tank, frodsham Marsh.  Tony Broome

Also present were 24 Redshank, 300 Dunlin, 150 Ringed Plover, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Stint,  2 Greenshank, 1 Turnstone, a juvenile Spotted Redshank, 12 Lapwing, a Common Buzzard and a juvenile Peregrine. Finally here a count of 40 Pied Wagtail.

23.08.14. No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh.  Tony Broome

Nearby No.4 tank had 4 Common Buzzard, 2 juvenile Willow Warbler in fresh green and primrose yellow plumage, 13 Chiffchaffs, 20 Long-tailed Tit and 6 Ravens.

23.08.14. Marsh Farm track in the rain, Frodsham Marsh.  Tony Broome

The Splashing Pool still had a pair of Little Grebe plus with a small chick. The secluded pool on No. 6 also had a Little Grebe pair with a bigger sized chick.

Observers: Tony Broome (and images), Frank Duff.

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Sacré bleu!

It took a while for this little critter to emerge from the wood (so to speak) hence the post title,  Sacré bleu being a French curse!

14.08.14. Colour-ringed Black-tailed Godwit, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

Extracts of an email from Jenny Gill who co-ordinates sightings of colour-ringed Black-tailed Godwits. This one is from No.6 tank on 14.08.14.

We’ve had quite a bit of discussion about this sighting and we are now pretty sure that the flag on this one must be Orange (thanks to Pete for finding a photo to confirm that ON-YRf has smaller rings and the Rf is indeed on the right leg, as it should be). The flag is therefore likely to be a stained orange, which is a bird ringed in France.

Thanks to everyone for detective work on this one!

Previous locations of this bird are as from details listed below and include: date & time of observation, country and location, observer, latitude/longitude, habitat and where available flock size.

26/01/2009 NA FR PORT-DES-BARQUES monportail nord Pichard, A 45,930 -1,070 NA NA NA

10/04/2009 NA NL OUDERKERK-SUR-L’AMSTEL landje van Geijsel Van Grieken, G 52,280 4,920 NA NA NA

10/01/2010 NA FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Leuchtmann, M & Blanc, JF 45,950 -1,070 NA NA NA

17/01/2010 NA FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Leutchmann, M & Blanc, J-F 45,950 -1,070 NA NA NA

13/02/2010 NA FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente NA 45,950 -1,070 NA NA NA

19/07/2010 8:00 FR MOEZE le mornay Jomat, L 45,880 -1,080 NA NA 100

22/07/2010 NA FR MOEZE reserve naturelle Lelong, V & Loriol, A 45,880 -1,080 lagune NA 370

28/07/2010 NA FR MOEZE reserve naturelle Jomat, L 45,880 -1,080 lagune reposoir 120

05/09/2010 16:00 FR MOEZE reserve naturelle Lelong, V & Cuvier, Z 45,880 -1,080 lagune reposoir 2100

06/09/2010 16:00 FR MOEZE reserve naturelle Aubry, P & Parisien, A 45,880 -1,080 lagune reposoir 2000

12/09/2010 NA FR MOEZE reserve naturelle Lelong, V 45,880 -1,080 lagune reposoir 600

16/12/2010 15:00 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Rousseau, P 45,950 -1,070 vasière reposoir 3000

17/12/2010 13:00 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Lelong, V 45,950 -1,070 vasière NA 3000

11/08/2011 19:00 FR MOEZE reserve naturelle lelong, V 45,880 -1,080 lagune reposoir 3000

07/09/2011 13:00 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Lelong, V 45,950 -1,070 vasière alimentation 1130

08/09/2011 13:00 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Lelong, V 45,950 -1,070 vasière alimentation 400

15/09/2011 8:00 FR YVES reserve naturelle Lelong, V 46,040 -1,060 lagune reposoir 2500

07/10/2011 12:00 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Lelong, V 45,950 -1,070 vasière alimentation 2800

08/10/2011 12:00 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Lelong, V 45,950 -1,070 vasière alimentation 3000

09/10/2011 13:00 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Lelong, V 45,950 -1,070 vasière alimentation NA

13/10/2011 17:00 FR YVES reserve naturelle Babin, G 46,040 -1,060 lagune reposoir 4600

20/10/2011 13:00 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Rousseau, P & Lelong, V 45,950 -1,070 vasière reposoir 2500

21/10/2011 13:00 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Lelong, V 45,950 -1,070 vasière alimentation 4200

22/10/2011 13:00 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Lelong, V 45,950 -1,070 vasière reposoir 1700

23/10/2011 13:00 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Rousseau, P 45,950 -1,070 vasière reposoir 4700

25/10/2011 14:00 FR YVES reserve naturelle Babin, G 46,040 -1,060 lagune reposoir 3200

02/12/2011 13:00 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Rousseau, P 45,950 -1,070 vasière alimentation 3000

11/12/2011 15:00 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Rousseau, P 45,950 -1,070 vasière reposoir 800

21/12/2011 15:30 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Lelong, V 45,950 -1,070 vasière alimentation NA

29/12/2011 12:00 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES ile madame Rousseau, P 45,960 -1,110 vasière alimentation NA

06/01/2012 16:30 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Lelong, V 45,950 -1,070 vasière alimentation 3900

02/02/2012 14:00 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Lelong, V 45,950 -1,070 vasière alimentation 2000

05/02/2012 17:00 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Lelong, V 45,950 -1,070 vasière alimentation 2200

19/02/2012 13:30 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Jomat, L 45,950 -1,070 vasière reposoir 800

07/03/2012 9:00 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Lelong, V 45,950 -1,070 vasière alimentation 800

29/04/2012 12:00 IS ALFTAFJORDUR NA Alves, J 66,020 -22,97 vasière NA NA

22/08/2012 18:00 FR MOEZE reserve naturelle Jomat, L 45,880 -1,080 vasière reposoir 2000

29/08/2012 14:00 FR MOEZE reserve naturelle Jomat, L 45,880 -1,080 lagune reposoir 3500

02/10/2012 NA FR YVES reserve naturelle Laubin, A 46,040 -1,060 lagune reposoir NA

16/01/2013 16:00 FR MOEZE reserve naturelle Rousseau, P 45,880 -1,080 prairie alimentation 600

23/01/2013 13:30 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Lelong, V 45,950 -1,070 vasière alimentation 3500

07/02/2013 13:00 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Lelong, V 45,950 -1,070 vasière alimentation 3000

20/02/2013 NA FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Rousseau, P 45,950 -1,070 vasière reposoir 1000

30/10/2013 16:30 FR PORT-DES-BARQUES estuaire charente Jomat, L 45,950 -1,070 vasière alimentation 1500

14/08/2014 18:00 GB FRODSHAM frodsham marsh farm, WS Morton, 53,296 -2,757 lagune reposoir NA (it was actually on no.6 tank but i guess that was lost in translation-Sacré bleu)

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Raven about Frodsham Marsh

Colour-ringed Raven.

Colour-ringed Raven annoying a Common Buzzard (centre bird) on No 5 tank. Image by WSM.

Listed below details of this bird from John Lawton Roberts who ringed it.

Thank you very much indeed for sending in the record of a CR Raven at Frodsham to the BTO.

We’ve been colour-ringing nestling Ravens on the surrounds of Ruabon Mountain since 2009 and yours, at Frodsham, is the most distant sighting of one of our birds to date. Black/Orange on left leg, orange/BTO ring on right was ringed by me on 11 April, 2011 in a forest on the east edge of the above moor.

We’ve been studying the expanding Raven population in the above mentioned area since the 1970s, looking at numbers, spacing of pairs and clutch and brood size. The three years of colour-ringing to date (I broke my back in July 2011 and wasn’t able to do any ringing this year) are part of a programme which will hopefully answer questions about dispersal of young, age of first breeding, site and pair fidelity etc.(I’m hoping to enlist the help of climbers next year so that we can resume the ringing.

Numbers of breeding pairs fell slightly a few years ago, this tending to involve the last territories to be occupied. We suspect that this may have been a result of the ‘fallen stock’ law.

A Raven reported as ringed green over yellow on left leg, green on right leg, was reported by a different observer at Frodsham Marsh on 5 November of this year. However, checking my records I cannot find such a combination of rings for any pullus ringed  in our project. Has anyone else seen this bird and has it, to your knowledge, been photographed? We have used the combination in question but on different  legs.

A feeding station near Ellesmere has drawn in several  Ravens from our study in the last three years and hopefully, given the bird’s ability to communicate news about good feeding places to their fellows, Frodsham may do the same. However, this will depend on the regularity with which suitable food becomes available there. (They love large lumps of fat, by the way. As long as they’re cleared up quickly by the birds, I understand that this doesn’t contravene the law).

With all best wishes and thanks, again.

John Lawton Roberts

Check out the Welsh birding at the Ruabon Mountain Black Grouse Hide which is based on the edge of Ruabon Moor at the Llandegla Forest Centre. See the RSPB website for more details on Ruabon. Eds

28.09.12. Birdlog (flagged Blk-t Godwits)

Received an e-mail today with an update from Vigfús Eyjólfsson co-ordinator of colour-ringed Black-tailed Godwits seen at Frodsham Marsh from the Icelandic population.

The capital letters refer to colour G (Green), W (White), O (Orange), R (Red), Y (Yellow). I’m not sure what colour ‘N’ is on 18.08.12 but it was not one of my reports?

GW-OY flag and RR-WY flag were both ringed as pullus in Iceland 2012

GN-OO was ringed as an adult in NW Iceland.
GN-OO 30.05.06 Reykhólar, Höllustaðir, NW Iceland
GN-OO 23.08.06 Réserve Naturelle du Marais d’Yves, Charente-Maritime, W France
GN-OO 05.09.06 Réserve Naturelle du Marais d’Yves, Charente-Maritime, W France
GN-OO 11.09.06 Réserve Naturelle du Marais d’Yves, Charente-Maritime, W France
GN-OO 12.09.07 Réserve Naturelle du Marais d’Yves, Charente-Maritime, W France
GN-OO 30.09.07 Réserve Naturelle du Marais d’Yves, Charente-Maritime, W France
GN-OO 11.10.07 Réserve Naturelle du Marais d’Yves, Charente-Maritime, W France
GN-OO 26.11.07 Réserve Naturelle du Marais d’Yves, Charente-Maritime, W France
GN-OO 21.03.08 Briollay, Maine-et-Loire, W France
GN-OO 22.03.08 Briollay, Maine-et-Loire, W France
GN-OO 18.08.12 Frodsham Marsh, Cheshire, NW England
GW-OY flag 20.08.12 Frodsham Marsh, Cheshire, NW England
GW-OY flag 27.08.12 and 1st/12th and 21st September Carr Lane Pools, Hale near the, Mersey estuary, Cheshire, NW England Re the Black-tailed godwit juvenile c/r RR WYF this was at Carr Lane Pools,
GW-OY flag 09.09.12 Frodsham Marsh, Cheshire, NW England
GW-OY flag 27.09.12 Frodsham Marsh, Cheshire, NW England
 
RR-WY flag 13.09.12 Frodsham Marsh, Cheshire, NW England
Thank you for this sightings.
Best Wishes
Vigfús Eyjólfsson

08.09.12. Birdlog

08.0912. Birdlog

9 Wigeon and 3 Pintail were in the teal flock on No 6 tank. A single  Black-tailed Godwit was the best from a meagre selection. 5 Raven were over Helsby Hill at dusk. The first Goldcrest of the autumn was in the hawthorn tree at the viewing platform.

Observers: Frank Duff, Mike Turton.

Below are details of a colour ringed Black-tailed Godwit (double red over left knee and green over white over right knee) observed at No 6 tank on 3rd September 2012 by Arthur Harrison and WSM.

Thanks again to Dr Jennifer Gill

School of Biological Sciences

University of East Anglia

RR-GW

07.11.10 Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
16.11.10 Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
12.02.11 Welney, Ouse Washes, Norfolk, E England
20.02.11 Welney, Ouse Washes, Norfolk, E England
20.03.11 Welney, Ouse Washes, Norfolk, E England
24.03.11 Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, Noord Holland, W Netherlands
03.07.11 Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
13.07.11 Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
19.02.12 Ouse Washes, Norfolk, E England
09.03.12 Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, Noord Holland, W Netherlands
11.04.12 Ouse Washes, Cambridgeshire, E England
03.09.12 Frodsham Marsh, Cheshire, NW England

28.08.12 Birdlog.

28.08.12. Birdlog

Morning Watch: 4 Ruddy Shelduck, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 18 Ringed Plover, 12 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Greenshank all on No 6 tank. Also a Peregrine and 2 Wheatears on No 5 tank.

Observer: Mike Turton

Evening Watch: 2 Hobby, one eating a large dragonfly, moved off to the west. 4 Ruddy Shelduck, 1 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper and 4 Yellow Wagtail on No 6 tank, 1 Wheatear on No 5 tank and a male Marsh Harrier over No 4 tank..

Observers: Arthur Harrison, Mark Payne, WSM

4 Black-tailed Godwit on No 6 tank this evening contained a colour ringed bird (see details below for its origin). The colour ring was Green over White above the left knee and Orange over Yellow flag over the right knee.

E-mail: A juvenile Black-tailed Godwit present on 22nd August on No 6 tank was ringed as a chick (GW+OY) on 13th July 2012 near Dalvik, N Iceland a big chick 208g. It is now in NW England and is one of c110 godwit chicks colour-ringed in July. It has been an excellent breeding season for BtG’s in Iceland this summer.

Many thanks for the record and photo very useful and great to know it has made it south from Iceland ok.

Extracts from an e-mail from Peter Potts and Jenny Gill