C&WOS 2014 Bird Report

CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD REPORT 2014

BR2014 cover

We’re delighted to say that the annual Bird Report for 2014 is now available (February 2015). This year’s eye-catching colour front cover is a stunning summer-plumaged Red-necked Grebe, which graced the Weaver Bend at Frodsham for almost two months.

The 176 pages of text include 77 maps, graphs and tables, and 15 beautiful illustrations from three different artists. As usual, the colour map of the county forms the centre spread of the Bird Report. A total of 18 colour photographs, which best capture some of the highlights of the year, are spread over seven full pages.

The Bird Report is full of interesting articles:

  • Local ‘patchers’ turned Red Rocks into a rarity hot-spot, when Citrine Wagtail, Tawny Pipit and Marsh Warbler were discovered in 2014. Sound recordings are an under-rated aspect of bird identification, in that the resultant sonograms can often provide a clear ‘footprint’ as part of the evidence to substantiate a record – which were provided in two out of these three rarities.
  • Another article recalls the excitement of finding a male Little Bunting on Hilbre; the first record for the island, and also the first ‘boat twitch’ to the island as the tide was in!
  • Back in 1930s, Spotted Crake used to breed at Burton Mere Wetlands (known then as Burton bog), but in 2014 breeding was again witnessed by the sighting of an adult pair and two fluffy black chicks. Hopefully they will become regular breeders on the reserve.
  • Even the smallest of suburban gardens with an established feeding station can bring hours of fascinating birding with the odd surprise. This was true in 2014 when a redpoll bonanza occurred which included Common Redpolls, and more unusually, a Coues’ Arctic Redpoll.
  • Last, but not least, there’s a striking account of 27,000 Common Scoters seen from Hilbre on March 3rd 2014 – one of those great wildlife spectacles that will always remain in the memory of those who saw it.

All the ‘regulars’ are there: ‘Weather and Bird Review of the Year’; the full ‘Systematic List of Birds Recorded in Cheshire and Wirral during 2014’, including ‘Category E Species’; ‘Early and Late Dates for Migrants’; ‘Ringing Report’; ‘BBRC and County Rarities Decisions’; ‘Chairman’s Review’; and finally, advice on the Cheshire and Wirral Gazetteer, and the ‘Submission of Records’, including rarities.

Last, but not least, we have again included a ‘Species Index’ at the back to help you quickly look up your favourite species.

The Bird Report is free to Cheshire and Wirral Ornithological Society members (ordinary membership costs £12), otherwise it costs £8 + £2 p&p and copies are available from:

David Cogger, 71 Parkgate, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 8HF

Tel: 01565 228503   Email: davidcogger@cawos.org

Ray Scally’s Guest Blog

Ray Scally’s Guest Blog (01.01.16)01.01.16. Pink-footed Goose, Frodsham Score, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

For the last 4 years at least I have always made sure of getting in a full days birding on the first day of the year regardless of the festivities the night before, for 2016 I had Frodsham written on the calendar for at least 3 weeks prior to today, looking forward to the diverse numbers of species I usually see on the marsh.01.01.16. Pink-footed Goose, Frodsham Score, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton
The only advantage of the short winter days is the fact that daylight on the 1st usually starts at 8am giving a reasonable lay-in. I arrived on the marsh at 7.45 am and parked up at the Weaver Bend with the plan of doing both Marsh Farm and the Bend first.
01.01.16. Common Buzzard, No.4 tank, frodsham Marsh. Bill MortonThe first bird of the day was a Buzzard as I parked up, as I made my way on foot to Marsh Farm 2 Fieldfare flew from the trees on No.5 tank, further along I scanned the pipes for Stonechat but to no avail, on approaching the bend on No.2 tank 2 Raven were heard before being seen and a further 25 yards gave me my first target species as a Merlin flew low and into Marsh Farm scattering a number of Starling and finches. The Starling numbers were in the thousands as the birds left their roost and headed in a westerly direction. Marsh Farm and Frodsham Score produced all the expected species including Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 2 Grey Wagtail.01.01.16. Peregrine, Frodsham Score, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton
I made my way to the bend and had all the usual duck species, 9 Goldeneye, 3 Pochard, 2 Pintail, 13 Little Grebe, 9 Tufted Duck, 3 Teal, 3 Great-crested Grebe, passerine species consisted of a roving tit flock with the usual, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Blue Tit, 2 Great tit, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Reed Bunting, 3 Chaffinch, 2 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush.

01.01.16. Ray Scally birding Frodsham Marsh. (2)I scanned the towers on the works and finally located a Peregrine sitting up with recently killed prey.
As the light improved I decided to head for No.6 tank and look for the Green-winged Teal, as I approached the first viewing area I scanned the tank and had a brief look through the several hundred Teal, I then noticed Bill further up the path in a sheltered spot and together we failed to locate the Green-winged Teal, a quick look at the news services informed us a Green-winged Teal was present at Burton Mere so the enthusiasm waned and we checked through the other birds on the tank. Other species present consisted of 24 Shoveler, 21 Gadwall, 22 Pochard, 16 Tufted Duck, 8 Pintail and 27 Wigeon.

After an hour or so we headed for Frodsham Score and Bill located the Great White Egret, as we scanned Frodsham Score a flock of 50 Pink-footed Goose flew in from a north-westerly direction and landed on the score and a female Peregrine sat for some time on one of the fence posts. On several occasions we had the magnificent spectacle of several hundred Lapwing and Golden Plover taking to the air, mainly due to the Peregrine undertaking its rounds. The Whooper Swan flock observed over the preceding weeks were still present along with several Canada Geese, Mute Swan, Little Egret, blogging passerines consisted of 50 Linnet, 200 Goldfinch and the odd Meadow Pipit.
We headed back to Marsh Farm to see if we could locate the Shag which was reported from a few days previous but the sharp cold wind was increasing which made viewing difficult, no new species were recorded and the light started to fade fast.

I left Bill at 3 pm when the rain started to set in and finished with a quick scan of the 185 Black-headed Gull and a drive up and down No.5 tank for the Short-eared Owl but none seen.

A total of 61 species was recorded over the day. I look forward to getting back on the marsh for some field sketching and painting over the coming months!

Written by Ray Scally

Frodsham Marsh map

Also present WSM (map and images)

10.10.15. Birdlog

10.10.15. Birdlog

10.10.15. Images from Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome (2)

10.10.15. Images from Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome (3)Thought that I’d give viz-migging a go on a date which should be within the optimum time period of September and October. But standing on the NE corner of No.4 it was obvious it was not going to happen. It was so quiet with no birds that I could honestly say they were not moving.

There were 2 Little Egret out on Frodsham Score, 10 Greenfinch in the Elders, 2 Grey Wagtail mobbing a Sparrowhawk and a flock of about 120 Pink-footed Geese that flew over northwards in a noisy skein that broke up into skein-lets, my first of the autumn. There was one intriguing sighting when a Blue Tit flew past closely followed by a small green bird I didn’t get onto fast enough, but got the impression that it had creamy-yellow stripes on it… I saw where it went but couldn’t relocated it? 10.10.15. Images from Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome (8)

As I walked off I stumbled on a lovely, delicate, translucent fungi that reminded me of the ones illustrated in children’s story books a delicate Glistening Parasol.

As I drove away from No.4 tank, the cattle were grazing in the scrape next to the Splashing Pool, the contractors working on No.3 (mitigation area) had left the gates open as they’d entered. They’d also knocked a fence down and the cattle were walking out onto the track (take note farmer).

10.10.15. Images from Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome (7)

I then tried another look for a Yellow-browed Warbler but failed miserably, the bushes along No.6 tank were largely empty except for a few Chaffinch and tits. Standing at the top of the halfway ramp on No.6, a Cetti’s Warbler began to sing in the phragmites below and it did so for over half an hour, coming as close to me as 5 metres, but frustratingly never showed itself. A Red Admiral flew past as I waited and a Redpoll species went over calling.

10.10.15. Images from Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome (6)

I moved to Brook Furlong Lane to resume my warbler search. A couple of Jays, an increase in Song Thrush numbers and a Great-spotted Woodpecker…but no warblers.

10.10.15. Images from Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome (4)

10.10.15. Images from Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome (1)On my way back to Lordship Lane I met another birder, Mark, who’d just had an adult winter plumaged Mediterranean Gull on No.6 with the Black-heads and a few Chiffchaff on his walk along No.6 to No.4. I decided to go and have a look and the ‘med’ was still there on the water with about a 100 Black-headed Gull and a single Common Gull. With an assortment of ducks which included 30+ Shoveler, 20+ Wigeon and a couple of Pintail, lots of Teal and Tufted Duck, the water was full of birds but looking into the sun is was never easy to see and I moved on, driving the full length of Lordship Lane as far as the construction site cabins.

10.10.15. Images from Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome (5)

Apart from 51 Curlew in a field with 4 Common Buzzard, one of which was doing it’s best to resemble a Rough-leg, and a small flock of Linnet in with one of the large rambling flocks of Goldfinch, I didn’t see much else.

Observer and images: Tony Broome

13.09.15. Tony Broome Guest Blog 3

13.09.15. Tony Broome Guest Blog 3

13.09.15. Chiffchaff, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Brome (4)

13.09.15. Chiffchaff, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Brome (1)I fancied a walk around in the sunshine with a view to taking a few snaps with the first DSLR I’ve owned since my old Nikon 300 in the seventies.

How technology has moved on! I used Kodachrome 25 in those days, a transparency film that two weeks to process in a laboratory somewhere before dropping through the letterbox. Out of 36 transparencies, you were lucky if there was a single good picture.

Fast forward to today and a new Canon with a telephoto lens, a superb motor-drive and instant results… There’s a lot to learn, so I’m still a novice but enjoying the challenge.
13.09.15. Chiffchaff, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Brome (2)I started off at the old birdlog and walked around the Weaver Bend. The familiar call of Chiffchaff filled the bushes with the odd one singing every now and again.

Next to the old log is a beautiful old apple tree with small red apples clinging to the branches. Lit up in the sunshine it looked so rustic. Two of the Chiffchaffs dropped into it and began to chase each other around, occasionally perching out on the branches. I estimated around 20-25 Chiffchaff throughout the day.

13.09.15.Starlings, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome.Relatively few hirundines seemed to be left. 150 Swallow, 30+ Sand Martin and maybe 10 House Martin over the tanks. The only sign of viz-mig were 4 Meadow Pipit south in pairs.

13.09.15. Whinchat, No.1 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Sean O'Hara.
The Weaver Bend had 2 Common Sandpiper, a Ruff, 100+ Redshank and a few Black-tailed Godwit. I stood in the sunshine, sheltered from the cool SW breeze… I thought it was meant to be warm!

13.09.15. Stonechat, No.1 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Sean O'Hara.

I wondered back to the old log where Frank and Alyn turned up and we headed for Marsh Farm to see what Frodsham Score had in store. Just before the farm, a fine Whinchat sat up on the top of the bushes and a few Stonechat remained on the pipes, found earlier in the week.

13.09.15. juCommon Buzzard, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome (1)
Raptors were much in evidence. Common Buzzard were all over the tanks with four in a party the largest single count during the day. Difficult to count, there was probably somewhere between 15 and 20 birds. 10 Kestrels, 1 Sparrowhawk, at least one juvenile Peregrine and a single Hobby over No.4 tank made up the rest of the sightings.

13.09.15. juvenile Peregrine, Frodsham Score, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome (3)

One juvenile Peregrine over the Score chased a feral pigeon relentlessly for five minutes or so until finally grounding it and presumably lunching on it.

13.09.15. Ravens, Frodsham Score, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome.

The Score held small numbers of waders as high tide approached, although most were hidden from view. 100+ Black-tailed Godwit, 150+ Redshank and 350+ Lapwing were counted very approximately. 9 Wigeon flew west.

13.09.15. Goldfinch, No.1 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Sean O'Hara.
On No.6 a single Common Snipe was sheltering in the secluded pool. 3 Wigeon, 2 Shovelers, 3 Pintail, a Pochard, 150 Tufted Duck and 100 Common Teal fed on the Sea Aster seeds.

I looked for the Black-necked Grebe but it wasn’t on show.

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Interesting passerines consisted of 4 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Grey Wagtails, and 300+ Goldfinches.

13.09.15. Red-legged Partridge, Frodsham Marsh. Sean O'Hara.

Insects were about in abundance with 10+ Migrant Hawker Dragonfly being the most noteworthy. Butterflies included Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood and both Large and Small White.

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It was a pleasant day. Lots to look at and the last of the sunshine before a week of forecasted rain and a lot of pictures to sort through…

Observer: Tony Broome (images 1-4 & 7-9 & 14).

13.09.15. Large Red Underwing Moth, Moorditch Lane, Frodsham Marsh

13.09.15. Large Red Underwing Moth, Moorditch Lane, Frodsham Marsh.Some additional reports included 14 Little Egret and a Great White Egret out on the Mersey marshes. Just before Tony left for home Sparky spotted (and Tony identified) a Large Red Under-wing moth perched up on a metal structure.

A covey of Red-legged Partridge are birds set down by the shooters on to the area east of No.5 tank.

13.09.15. Curlew, Frodsham Score, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome.

.We continued our walk onto No.6 tank and the open water was filled with ducks 13.09.15. Black-necked Grebe, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh.(as mentioned above) three Cymru birders relocated the Black-necked Grebe as we walked past them and found it was tucked into the bank and obviously avoided detection for most of the day.

Observers: Alyn Chambers, Frank Duff, Sean O’Hara (images 5-6 & 10-11), 3 Welsh birders, Sparky, WSM (images 12-13 & 15).

06.09.15. Alyn Chambers Guest Blog

06.09.15. Birdlog

05.09.15. Swallow (juvs), No.4 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Heather Wilde

Alyn Chambers Guest Blog

The day turned out to be full of activity although initially it didn’t appear so.

6.09.15. Black-necked Grebe, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Alyn Chambers (1)

The bushes along the south bank of No. 4 tank held the majority of the 24 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap, 6 Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warblers and 1 Reed Warbler seen on the Marsh today. In amongst them was a Garden Warbler, which remained elusive after the initial sighting. 2 Jays, 5 Greenfinch and 2 Grey Wagtails were also seen.

The Black-necked Grebe remained on No. 6 tank and was joined by 26 Shoveler, 6 Wigeon and 3 Pintail and 4 Ruff. A Little Stint flew out towards the Mersey estuary with 3 Ringed Plover and a Marsh Harrier drifted over No. 5 tank.

6.09.15. Red-legged Partridge, Frodsham Marsh. Alyn Chambers (2)

A Red-legged Partridge was on Brook Furlong and the Mersey estuary held an Avocet amongst the Black-tailed Godwits and 20 Great Crested Grebe were present as well.
06.09.15. Fulmar, Weaver Estuary, frodsham Marsh. Alyn Chambers (2)
The Fulmar from earlier floated down the ship canal past Marsh Farm with a Great Black-backed Gull keeping an eye on its attempts to get airborne.

A juvenile Little Gull joined the hirundines on the Weaver Estuary along with another 2 Ruff in the Redshank roost.
A small roosting flock of Black-headed and Common Gulls also featured 4 Ruff to join their ranks on the western end of No.6 tank.

Alyn Chambers

05.09.15. Raven, Frodsham Score, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston

In addition to Alyn’s post other observers sightings included: On the outer marshes of Frodsham Score were 2 Great White Egret and it was good to have them back into the autumnal fold.  There were two Hobby over No.4 tank/Ince fields. Ravens were out and about over the salt marshes.

06.09.15. male Stonechat, No.1 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston (2)A morning migration watch saw small flocks of Wood Pigeon, Meadow Pipit, Jackdaw, White and Grey Wagtail heading south. No.6 and No.4 tank had hundreds of juvenile Swallow either over the open water or resting up on the wire fences. At dusk a male Stonechat was along the pipes on No.1 tank.

By far the highlight of the day (or rather later in the day) was a sickly Fulmar (AC) along the ship canal by No.4 tank and later relocating to the Weaver Estuary (FD) and was the first Fulmar this century!

06.09.15. Hobby, No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston (2)

There were hundreds of Swallows and martins which were hawking over the water when panic set in as a Hobby appeared and chased one over the track and back over the water not sure of the outcome as I lost sight of them behind the bushes (PR).

A juvenile Little Gull (FD) was noted by the Weaver Sluice gates and rounded the day off with some classic bird sightings.

Observers: Alyn Chambers (images 2-4:), Allan Conlan, Frank Duff, Paul Ralston (image 5-7), Heather (image 1) & Findlay (Young Birder of the Year Award Winner!) Wilde, Sparky, WSM.

22.08.15. Elliot Montieth’s Guest Blog

22.08.15. Elliot Monteith’s Guest Blog.

The day started off meeting Bill on the bridge at Marsh Lane for my first ever visit to Frodsham Marsh…which was brilliant!”

Frodders Harrier

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We first walked down to No.6 tank were we had a total of 22 Ruff with the female Peregrine perched on the blue-topped chimney, before walking down to the “secluded pool” where we had a Juvenile Marsh Harrier flying over No.5 tank before going onto No.6 and hunting over the reeds then going back over to No.3, and flying off into the distance.

Just before we reached the “secluded pool” we heard then saw a Greenshank flying from the river, over No.3 then dropping out of sight onto the pool, where it had a wash before flying south. There was also a nice number of Ravens about and a Juvenile Peregrine which was soaring over the path.

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On the way back to No.6 I went off to see what Bill calls the “concealed spot”, which is so concealed that we walked past it twice! While there we had 3 Little Stint, 2 Little Ringed Plover, another Greenshank, 300+ Black-headed Gulls flying high over Lordship Marsh “anting”. A Peregrine caused chaos amongst the roosting waders!

There were two birds which I wasn’t expecting to see today and they were Spotted Redshank (quite a rare bird here!), which me and Bill spotted flying across the tank calling away, then relocated with the Lapwings, Ruff and Redshank. A female Ruddy Shelduck was pointed out to us by two birders from the south of the county which we didn’t get their names (sorry but you know who you are), which got me excited as it’s a lifer for me! We also had 2 female type Pintail which Bill spotted.

All in all a brilliant day out and will be returning soon!”

Observer and images 1-3: Elliot Monteith.

A great big thanks to Elliot and his mum (Adele) for sharing their time with me on Frodsham Marsh and it was great to see yet another young convert to birding on Frodsham Marsh. For more of Elliots birding trips and impressive photography visit him here: http://www.birdboy101.co.uk/

Included below some of my own images from a days birding with Elliot and Adele.

22.08.15. Spotted Redshank and Redshank, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

22.08.15. Spotted Redshank, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton22.08.15. Greenshank, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton22.08.15. Sea Aster, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill MortonSea Aster/Michaelmas Daisy flowering in profusion on No.6 tank.

22.08.15. Ruddy Shelduck and Common Shelduck, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill MortonThe female Ruddy Shelduck shares time with a juvenile Common Shelduck.

Other sightings today included a Garganey and a passage of 50 Swift, 23 Sand and 11 House Martin with Swallow noted as well.

Additional observers: Nigel G, Harry Cook, Frank Duff, WSM (and images 5-8)

17.05.15. Wilde About Birds Guest Blog 2

17.05.15. Wilde About Birds Guest Blog 2

The Day Passed So Swiftly

17.05.15. Swift, Frodsham Marsh. Heather Wilde
This morning and well into the afternoon I was out birding at Frodsham Marsh; specifically taking on the monthly WeBS count for the BTO. I started off my count at the Weaver Bend surrounded by reeds and small willows; my ears were filled with the sound of Reed and Sedge Warblers chanting their spectacular songs, perched comfortably on the reed tips getting blustered by the wind, occasionally interrupted by the quick snippet of a Reed Bunting.

17.05.15. Swift, Frodsham Marsh. Heather Wilde
Swifts hurled themselves through the air dancing over the river, providing magical views, in fact a feast for the eyes, as they dived and darted above my head. There were hundreds of them and they kept up a great performance for me as I moved alongside the river, where Oystercatchers hunkered themselves down into the banks of the river avoiding the wind which seemed to be affecting everyone. Two Black-tailed Godwits zig-zagged the available mud, probing their long elongated bills deep into a layer of invertebrates, whilst a Wheatear flitted from rock to rock.

16.05.15. No.3 tank, frodsham Marsh. Bill MortonCanada Geese and Shelduck bobbed and bounced upon the surface of the water, pushed forward out of sight by the current. Tufted Duck and Gadwall located themselves on the far corner of the bend, escorting themselves one by one to the estuary leaving the river pretty empty, yet still I was obsessed by the sheer quantity of nature every where I looked.
After a fantastic experience down by the ‘bend’ I moved off to my next stop, No.6 tank, and of course the new feature to the marsh, the “Mitigation area”, which so far this year has proven to provide a perfect habitat for wildfowl and wading birds. Avocets sat tight on their nests, whilst Little Ringed and Ringed Plovers busied themselves weaving with some pace across the mud and soil. A small flock of 33 Black-tailed Godwits entered the mitigation area, acting like a magnet to me and fellow birders, showing off their brick-red flame like summer plumage which glistened in the weak afternoon sun despite the cold wind.

17.05.15. Black-tailed Godwit, No.3 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Heather Wilde
Startled by the arrival of the Godwits, a Lapwing patrolled it’s nearby nest, slightly agitated by the feeding waders. The suspicion of an attack soon got too much, and it took to the sky and harassed the Godwits forcing them to take to the air and fly out towards the estuary.

27.04.13. Common Shelduck in flight over No 6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Heather Wilde.No.6 tank water was starting to evaporate because of very little rain fall, however it still managed to hold an impressive 90 Shelduck, which stood littered throughout the expanse of mud. Whitethroats, Blackcaps, Skylarks and Chiffchaff blended their songs together as my trip came to an end.
As usual, a fantastic birding day out, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Frodsham Marsh with all the changes taking place.

07.05.15. Little Ringed Plover, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2)

Findlay’s daily log included: On the Weaver Bend; 7 Canada Geese, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Cormorant, 12 Coot, 20 Shelduck, 2 Gadwall , 3 Mallard, 200 Swift, 5 Tufted Duck, 50 Swallows, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Oystercatcher, 16 Black-headed Gull, 5 Mute Swan, 1 Moorhen, 1 Lesser Black-blacked Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 3 Blackbird, 1 Wheatear, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Bunting, 4 Starling, the Peregrine on the blue-topped chimney, 2 Whitethroat and 3 Wren.

No. 3 tank (mitigation area): 33 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Avocet, 2 Shoveler, 1 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, 1 Little Ringer Plover. 7 Coot, 1 Oystercatcher, 3 Mallard, 4 Canada Geese, 6 Lapwing, 5 Black-headed Gull and a Wheatear on post behind the tank.

No.6 Tank: 90 Shelduck, 6 Canada Geese, 17 Tufted Duck, 8 Mallard, 1 Mute Swan, 3 Gadwall , 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Black-headed gull, 4 Lapwing and a Marsh Harrier (male).

Observers: Findlay and Heather Wilde (and images 1 – 2, 4 – 5). More about Findlay here: http://wildeaboutbirds.blogspot.co.uk/

Additionally, a Hobby flew over.

Observer: Alyn Chambers.

A mega thanks to Findlay and Heather for taking time out from their busy lives to cover the WeBS count today. I was otherwise engaged in weekend working and to Alyn for enjoying his hobby…literally (WSM)!

Images 3 & 6 WSM