40 Tufted Duck, 60 Common Shelduck and 6 Common Teal were along the flooded section. A couple of Little Ringed Plover were in south-west corner of No.6 tank where a White Wagtail was also present. Across the marsh on the River Weaver 56 Tufted Duck, 12 Gadwall and a pair of Great Crested Grebe were settled.
Four Avocet at the ‘Shooters Pools’ and 100 Curlew, 250 Black-tailed Godwit and a probable Grey Plover were glimpsed over the banks of Frodsham Score from Marsh Farm
These Jackdaw give this bullock a barbershop quartet of ‘ back, sack and crack’ as they pull fur from the beast.
The bird of the day must be the female Redstart that was seen on and off in Cherry trees bordering the banks of No.5-3 tanks. A Yellow Wagtail was flying over No.3 and disappeared over 5. It or another was over the Weaver Bend later in the evening.
The male Whinchat looked like a tiny Wheatear compared to its 4 larger cousins who were feeding along the pipes by the old birdlog. Presumably these Wheatear were the birds seen by Marsh Farm an hour or two earlier.
Another White Wagtail was by the track to the farm.
A female Marsh Harrier was perched up on a fence close to the Weaver Causeway and soon after she departed, she was replaced by the male who was earlier hunting the reed beds of No.6 tank.
Common Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler and Swallow seem to have arrived en masse and are already setting up their territories. A Grasshopper Warbler was ‘reeling’ by Redwall reed bed towards dusk.
Observers: Frank Duff, Paul Crawley, Emily Traynor, WSM (and images).
An early morning walk from the Holpool Gutter around No. 4 and 6 tanks gave the following 2 Green Sandpiper with a clutch other Mallard ducklings at the end of the gutter.
I continued along the edge of the Manchester Ship Canal to the east with 4 Wheatear and a male Whinchat holding my stride. Additionally 3 more Wheatear near the dredger birth at the Pumping Station. Overhead Swallow, Sand and House Martin were gathered. A nesting Oystercatcher pair on a wooden jetty by the canal pools
On the path along No 6 where several Common Whitethroat and 1 Blackcap singing.
On to Lordship Lane at least 2 Grasshopper Warbler and more Whitethroat and a single female Wheatear sitting on fence.
Not many raptors to be seen with only Buzzard and Kestrel showing.
Observer: Paul Ralston.
Later the following birds were to be found: 2 male Whinchat along the pipes with at least 4 Wheatear on No.1 tank and 4 Grasshopper Warbler at their spot along Lordship Lane.
Observer: Frank Duff.
An early start again and I had the female Marsh Harrier at 06:30 equally up with the lark. A reeling Grasshopper Warbler and many Sedge Warbler singing (it’s really loud that early in the morning). 20 Black-tailed Godwit flew off No.6 tank towards the Frodsham Score.
Later in the afternoon the male Marsh Harrier was hunting at length on No.6 and being mobbed by the Lapwings. I stopped for a late lunch on the track between No.5 and No.1 (14:30ish) and had 4 Wheatear (3 males, 1 female) and two male Whinchat. I then joined Frank (mega rarity he was walking!) and Mark Payne afterwards.
The Whinchat were still there along with the Wheatear at 19:00hrs which ended a long time out and about in the field.
Observer and Whinchat image: Paul Crawley
Image of Ringed Plovers: WSM
Sunrise over No.6 tank (Paul Crawley)
A male Marsh Harrier over No.3 tank looked like he owned this patch making the most of his aerial abilities twisting and turning in his pursuit of food.
19 Black-tailed Godwit settled on No.6 tank during the tide with a small representation of 24 Tufted Duck, 6 Common Teal and a scattering of Common Shelduck. Meanwhile the Weaver estuary and Bend fared better with 2 Great Crested Grebe, 30 Tufted Duck, 12 Gadwall and a lingering female Goldeneye.
The ‘Shooters pools’ are beginning to lose water and could completely dry out if we have a prolonged period of warm weather. However, making the most of the damp conditions were 4 Avocet with an additional pair across the river. A pair of Ringed Plover looked interested in this new habitat.
Sedge Warbler were singing from the reedy ditches by Redwall reed bed and Swallow were chattering overhead. Nearby Willow Warbler were singing from the north-east corner of No.6 and No.5 tanks. A sulking Grasshopper Warbler was along Lordship Lane.
2 Wheatear along the pipes on No.1 tank.
Observers: Frank Duff, Paul Crawley, Don Weedon, Sparky, WSM.
All images Paul Crawley except for Avocet by WSM.
The male Marsh Harrier was again hunting No.6 tank were there were 2 Avocet and a Little Egret.
Wheatear on No.1 and 2 on track between 3 and 6, Meadow Pipit on No.1 tank and Common Whitethroat in various places displaying/singing. The first Reed Warbler of the Spring was on 6 and a Wheatear was by Marsh Farm.
Observers: Frank Duff, Paul Crawley (and video and above images).
Wigg Island’s lagoon with Fiddlers Ferry (that black smoke can’t be good) across the river.
Locally Wigg Island is just a few miles upriver from Frodsham Marsh and the two Black Swans that had been on the Canal Pools moved to the lagoon at Wigg there on the rising tide.
An Iceland Gull flys past Hempstone Point, Wigg Island.
A pair of Black Swans on the lagoon at Wigg Island and a Cetti’s Warbler gave a brief burst of song. Plenty of migrant activity with Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler being highly vocal. Small passage of hirundines moving northward. On the lagoon 4 pairs of Little Grebe, 43 Tufted Duck, 2 pairs Shoveler and the usual gathering of summer Gadwall
Observer and images: WSM
I headed down to the marsh at 06:30 this morning and had Common Whitethroat, Grasshopper Warbler and Sedge Warbler within earshot of each other near the entrance to model aircraft field on the southern bank of No.6 and 3 more Gropper’s along Lordship lane.
There were 4 Common Snipe on the 2nd pool and 3 Avocet on the mud of No.6 tank.
Observer: Paul Crawley.
7 Common Sandpiper on the Weaver Bend and a Goldeneye still lingered. Raptors included a Peregrine and a pair of Marsh Harrier. A solitary Little Egret was on No.6 tank.
An influx of Grasshopper Warbler included a ‘reeling’ bird close to the Weaver Bend near to the ‘Shooters pools’ at 10.30 am. 8 singing Common Whitethroat, singing Reed Warbler and 7 singing Sedge Warbler. The marsh was alive with the sound of bird song.
Observer: John Spottiswood.
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6 Great Crested Grebe, 40 Shelduck on the Weaver estuary while 66 were on the Weaver Bend along with 69 Tufted Duck. The ‘Shooters pools’ by the Lum had their first rarity with 4 Avocet there. The usual Common Buzzards were riding the warm air currents.
I called in at No.6 tank but everything was being disturbed two people on the bank looking towards the fields and Lordship Marsh and everything got up and flew around at 12.30 pm.
Observer: Lee Lappin.
A bit blowy today but the migrants came thick and fast including a singing Willow Warbler at the Spring Farm garden. Also the first singing Whitethroat at the south-west corner of No.4 tank. The male Marsh Harrier present on No.4. While on No.6 were 4 Avocet,16 Tufted Duck, 24 Common Teal. An additional Avocet at the Splashing pool where it was joined by a Common Sandpiper.
A few Swallows were about and the ever-present real countryside alliance of Raven gathering to cleanse the marsh.
Observer: Brian Rimmer.
6 Avocet on No.6 and 12 Golden Plover on No.5 tank. Didn’t see much else as only a flying visit.
Plenty of other activity with Meadow Pipit and Reed Bunting establishing territories around the farm
Observer: Paul Crawley.
Both the male and female Marsh Harrier were active on the marsh and a female Whinchat was along Godscroft Lane.
Observer: Mark Speight