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.
A 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.
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