22.10.14. Birdlog

22.10.14. Birdlog

22.10.14. Ruff, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

After work trip to the marsh and a mixture of species to keep the interest level up. The numbers of duck on No.6 tank are restricted by the amount of water within the basin so this was reflected by the smaller flock size. 59 Tufted Duck, 1 drake Pochard, 176 Common Teal and 7 Common Shelduck represented the waterfowl. 12 Ruff, 2 Golden Plover and 134 Lapwing made a typical low water (tide wise) count.

The Peregrine was again perched up high on the blue-topped chimney, a single Kestrel hovering over No.5 tank and 4 Common Buzzard were following the earth works on No.3 tank.

Observers: Arthur Harrison, WSM (and image).

7 Whooper Swans were flying over Runcorn Hill towards the Weaver estuary at sunrise (WSM).

21.10.14. Birdlog

21.10.14. Birdlog

21.10.14. Gonzalo hitting Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome.

The tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo produced a generally windy and wild day but at dusk the rain hit with a vengeance and travelling across the Weaver viaduct at 19.00hrs saw the rain coming in horizontal sheets…a bit scary (WSM).

21.10.14. Gonzalo hitting Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome

Images taken at dusk from Marsh Farm.


A force 10, but too windy and then wet, and then too dark to see anything blown into the Mersey estuary at Marsh Farm. A look on No.6 tank which was catering for a cowering bunch of 1500 gulls coming into their pre-roost, with mainly Black-headed, but 200 Lesser-backed and a few Common maybe 100 birds.

21.10.14. Gonzalo hitting Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome


Observer and images: Tony Broome.

20.10.14. Birdlog

20.10.14. Birdlog

20.10.14. Song Thrush (continental). Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

A juvenile Marsh Harrier  was over the Gowy Meadows alongside the M56 this afternoon.

Observer: Paul Ralston.

After work met up with FD for a brief watch along the Weaver Navigation where we saw 200 Jackdaw en route to their roost in Runcorn. 2 Jay and 2 Collared Dove were noted.

Observers: Frank Duff, WSM (and image).

Earlier in the day and on Runcorn Hill a roving tit flock contained 2 Chiffchaff, Blackcap and several Goldcrest. WSM

19.10.14. Birdlog

19.10.14. Birdlog

09.11.13. Great White Egret, Frodsham Score. Bill Morton.

The two Great White and 4 Little Egret on Frodsham Score this morning won’t know what’s about to hit them come Tuesday when the last throes of ex-hurricane speedy Gonzalo will batter the marsh.

Observer: Paul Ralston

Meanwhile on No.6 tank Arthur H had 6 Greenshank.

At a site to the east of the marsh a rare Treecreeper was a surprise find while a Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail and Chiffchaff were also seen.

Observer: Frank Duff.

Image by WSM.


18.10.14. Birdlog

18.10.14. Birdlog winter female Stonechat, Redwall reedbed, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome.

18.10.14. male Stonechat, Redwall reedbed, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome.Another early weekend start saw us checking the high tide roost on No.6 tank. There was the usual flock of Lapwing here reaching a total of 340 birds (per Jean Roberts).

The two Little Stint continue to be found with, 16 Ruff, 15 Golden Plover and 100 Dunlin. Sharing the same area of mud was a flock of 80 Linnet.

Out on the flooded area were 120 Common Teal, 2 Pintail and 34 Tufted Duck.

18.10.14. Stolt Petrel, Manchester Ship Canal, Frodsham Marsh. Bill MortonA brief look over Marsh Farm was not up to the effort but a male and female Stonechat along the pipeline on No.1 tank were possibly the same pair at Redwall reedbed later in the day. Although the farm area its self didn’t produce much we did encounter a petrel on the ship canal.

18.10.14. Red-legged Partridges, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

Along Brook Furlong Lane a covey of 15 Red-legged Partridge were a little foolish walking along the pot-holed track and were nearly ambushed by a couple of Stoat.

Redwall reedbed had a pair of Stonechat which may have been the birds seen earlier? While out on the Weaver estuary 3 Great Crested and 14 Little Grebe, 320 Tufted Duck and the first Goldeneye ( 2 female types) of the autumn were in with the Tufted Duck flock.

Moving across the marsh and sentinel like we watched over Frodsham Score from the north-east corner of No.4 tank. A Whooper Swan was favouring a quiet corner on the salt marsh and 4 Little and 2 Great White Egret were out on the marsh towards Ince marshes. Other birds of note were a mixed flock of feeding Black-tailed Godwit and Curlew numbering 1000 birds.

The industrial blast of a Cetti’s Warbler was heard at the eastern side of the marsh where there was also a Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kingfisher and a Collared Dove.

The mild weather still encourages the emergence of butterflies with a couple of Red Admiral and a Small Tortoisehell, Common Darter and Migrant Hawker Dragonflies were also seen.

Observers: Tony Broome (images 1&2), Frank Duff, WSM (images 3&4).

Video link of the male Stonechat at Redwall reedbed…http://vimeo.com/109384013

17.10.14. Birdlog

17.10.14. Birdlog

17.10.14. Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston.

17.10.14. Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston. IMG_7930

Out this morning with Stewart along the Holpool Gutter, MSC and back down Lordship Lane which produced the following:  juvenile Marsh Harrier alongside the gutter and over No.4 tank. 2 Green Sandpiper flushed by a sailing narrow boat on the ship canal. 4 Little Grebe also on the canal. The ‘Splashing Pool’ held only 2 Coot, 2 Little Grebe and a single Moorhen . A  male Kestrel was given a hard time by 6 Carrion Crows and a Sparrowhawk was also in the area. Back at the car a male Stonechat sat on the fence and a Kingfisher was heard calling below somewhere on the gutter.

Observers: Paul Ralston (and images), Stuart Clubbe.

1 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Bullfinch and Goldcrest along Brook Furlong Lane.

Observer: Frank Duff.

16.10.14. Birdlog

16.10.14. Birdlog

1.10.14. Little Egrets, No5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

16 Ruff and 2 juvenile Little Stint were present on No.6 tank until dusk. 120 Lapwing, 12 Golden Plover and 4 Little Egret were forced in by the rising tide.

The ever present assembly of ducks again included the Teal with 67 present. 6 Common Shelduck, 3 Shoveler, 40 Tufted Duck, 6 Gadwall and 2 drake Pochard.

A pair of Stonechat were along the pipes on no.1 tank.

At dusk a Cetti’s Warbler fired off a short burst of song to end the day.

Observers: Frank Duff, Sparky, WSM (and images).

Additionally 87 Redwing flew over Runcorn Hill and a Chiffchaff was still present (WSM).