26.08.15. Birdlog

26.08.15. Birdlog

26.08.15. Garganey and Teal, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (11)

The water level on No.6 tank is higher perhaps than we would have liked but the ducks have found these conditions ideal for their needs. The area of water has expanded out into the Michaelmas Daisy clumps and traditionally when this happens it provides easy access to the seed pods which the ducks love.

A flock of 11 Wigeon flew in and immediately made for these flowers and could be watched feasting on the seeds. Also in attendance were 7 Shoveler, 5 Pintail and Gadwall.

Over 300 Common Teal were crammed in on the secluded pool and after the birds got use to me sitting on the bank, an eclipse drake Garganey appeared and was watched preening until a vehicle, a bright yellow digger with its bucket raised on the track below spooked the flock and they left en masse.

Other birds of note was the Peregrine on the blue-topped chimney, 1 Ruff, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 102 Tufted Duck, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff and a sub-singing Grasshopper Warbler. Additionally, a mixed flock of 100 Swallow, Sand and House Martins.

Observer and image: WSM

25.08.15. Birdlog

25.08.15. Birdlog

25.08.15. Swallow, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

I was on Joe le taxi duty ferrying Sparky and co to Chester for a girls night out and on these occasions I drop in at the marsh en route home.

25.08.15. Wigeons, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

No two days are the same and tonight’s instalment from Frodders was a complete contrast to last evenings fun. The fine sunshine of yesterday was replaced tonight by menacing low grey clouds rolling in but, retaining air humidity that makes you want to take a coat but you never get to wear it.

I met Sean on the track below the ‘secluded pool’, the same pool that is attracting some good birds of late. Sean had seen a Greenshank and a flock of Black-tailed Godwits but again due to the increased water level on the tank it was to deep for them and they flew back out to the river. I managed, 68 Curlew, 3 Ruff and a small number of Common Teal.

Further out on the main body of water it was interesting to note that Pintail had increased to five birds and they were busy upending Also present were 67 Tufted Duck, 7 Shoveler and 200 Common Teal. A small flock of ducks dropping in at dusk proved to be 4 male and 2 female Wigeon. A roost of 32 Cormorant were using whatever perch they could find to spend the night here.

The Peregrine was again perched on the blue-topped chimney and an impressive flock of 26 Raven flying out at dusk towards Fox Hill.

A few hundred Swallow and Sand Martin were feeding low over the water at dusk with some roosting up on trees below the northern banks.

Observers: Sean O’Hara, WSM (and images).

24.08.15. Birdlog

24.08.15. Birdlog

24.08.15. Pectoral Sandpiper (juvenile), No.6 tank (secluded pool), Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton. (2)

24.08.15. Pectoral Sandpiper (juvenile), No.6 tank (secluded pool), Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton. (4)An intended brief visit to catch up with two Wood Sandpipers from yesterday instead reaped my fourth Pectoral Sandpiper find for the marsh. So, you can imagine one happy birder was followed by two other happy birders who shared the rewards of putting in the effort (and finally back on the right side of the River Mersey) The bird was initially difficult to view as it was settled with a small flock of flighty Common Teal but eventually provided some superb views in excellent evening sunshine.

24.08.15. Greenshankr (juvenile), No.6 tank (secluded pool), Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2)Also present within the area were 12 Ruff, 6 Greenshank, 10 Black-tailed Godwit and two handsome summer Golden Plover (the first of the Autumn migration) both birds circled the water but due to recent pumping of sludge into the tank and yesterdays heavy rain they didn’t settle and headed out to the Mersey Estuary.

24.08.15. Common Teal perched in tree, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (3)

Tufted Duck have been a little absent of late so 67 birds were a welcome break from the usual Shelduck, A flock of 10 Common Teal were perched up in the Cormorant roosting tree and looked a little comical.

Short video of tonight’s Pec Sand here: https://vimeo.com/137173698

Observers: Frank Duff, Roger Wilkinson, WSM (video and images).

23.08.15. Birdlog

23.08.15. Birdlog

23.08.15. imm Stonechat, No.1 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Alyn Chambers.
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The bushes along the south bank of No.4 tank were full of warblers, tits and finches early this morning. Amongst them was an adult male Redstart which gave a few brief views and possibly another female type bird? A Lesser Whitethroat was with numerous Chiffchaff, Whitethroat and Blackcap. A Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, Sparrowhawk and Greenfinch were also present.
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23.08.15. Greenshank, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston
Around midday No.6 tank had 2 Greenshank, 15 Ruff, 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Wigeon, 2 Pintail and 17 Shoveler. The Sparrowhawk appeared again and there was a fly over Collared Dove.
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An immature Stonechat was on No.1 tank and 4 Avocet were on the Mersey estuary.
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Observer: Alyn Chambers (image 1).

18.08.15. Wood Sandpiper, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston. (2)

A late walk around No.6 after the downpour. A Chiffchaff was calling by the track alongside the tank, while 2 Swift and many Swallow were feeding overhead. There were good numbers of Tufted Duck, Common Teal, Mallard and Shelduck out on the water with 8 Mute Swan amongst them. 38 Cormorant were on the roost tree and more were flying in as I walked along.

Waders were scarce with only 2 Curlew and a Common Snipe noted. Meanwhile an area set away from the main action featured 4 Greenshank and 2 Wood Sandpiper and yet more Teal and Gadwall.

The walk along Lordship Lane had both Reed and Sedge Warbler calling in alarm as I made my way back to my car.

Don had the first Merlin of the autumn on No.5 tank.

Observers: Paul Ralston (images 2-3), Don Weedon.

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!”

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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)

21.08.15. Birdlog

21.08.15. Birdlog

16.08.15. summer Curlew Sandpiper, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2)

A watch before the evening gloom drifted in produced: One of the juvenile Marsh Harriers passing by. Two Common Snipe, 7 Greenshank, a Little Ringed Plover, Little Stint, summer Curlew Sandpiper, 200 Black-tailed Godwit, 200 Dunlin, 26 Ringed Plover, 27 Ruff, Garganey, 2 Pintail and a few Yellow Wagtail.

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Observer: Frank Duff.

Image: WSM.

20.08.15. Birdlog

20.08.15. Birdlog

20.08.15. Ruff, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh.

One of 20 Ruff present on the marsh this evening.

20.08.15. Crashed model aircraft, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton. copy

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A model aircraft flyers plane made a crash landing on No.6 tank. If anyone from the model aircraft is reading this then please avoid flying your crafts over the sludge tank. This is migration season and birds that are feeding here during high tide need to replenish their food reserves for their long migration to their wintering grounds. Disturbing birds at their roost/feeding grounds is illegal. 20.08.15. Garganey (female), No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2)

20.08.15. Water Rail and Common Snipe, No.6 tank (secluded pool), Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

With the afternoon tides steadily losing height over the last few days it was no surprise to not be seeing the volume of shorebirds like earlier in the week. The most dominant birds present on No.6 tank were Common Teal with 400 birds gathered in groups far and wide.

The female type Garganey appeared close into the bank for a short period before melting back into the throng.

The first Pintail of the autumn were upending by some of drainage towers. A selection of other species included 23 Tufted Duck, 4 Shoveler, Gadwall and Common Shelduck.

20.08.15. Ruff, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh

20.08.15. Water Rail, No.6 tank (secluded pool), Frodsham Marsh. Bill MortonA Greenshank flew over calling and then settled on the tank with 20 Ruff, 67 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Redshank, a juvenile Little Ringed Plover, a solitary Dunlin and a solitary Little Stint.

The secluded pool had a few Gadwall and a Water Rail there was tossing up fallen reed stems for food and in turn flushed out a Common Snipe which was dozing nearby.

20.08.15. Pintails, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh

There were also 3 Little Egret (image below) out on the river and a juv/female Marsh Harrier was knocking about (PR).

20.08.15. Little Egrets, Frodsham Marsh, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston

Observers: Frank Duff, Paul Lee, Paul Ralston (image 9), David Saunders, Mike Turton, Sparky, WSM (images 1-2 & 4-8).