04.05.15. Birdlog

04.05.15. Birdlog

04.05.15. summer Curlew Sandpiper, No.3 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

2 summer plumaged Curlew Sandpiper present from 09.15 until 15.30 on the new scrape area of No.3 tank. 9 summer Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover, a single Little Ringed Plover and 6 Avocet were backup.

04.05.15. summer Dunlin, No.3 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

The male Marsh Harrier was on No.6 tank and a kettle of 8 Common Buzzard were over No.4 tank. Two Sparrowhawk and several Kestrel were about the area.

04.05.15. Wheatear, No.4 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1)

Wheatears were widespread on the marsh with birds present at No.4 tank with 3 birds, 2 at Marsh Farm, 3 on the pipes on No.1 tank  and one in a ploughed field alongside Lordship Lane.

04.05.15. Whinchat, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston

Elsewhere, Whinchat included birds at Redwall reed bed (2), 1 male & 2 female at Marsh farm, 2 birds by the Holpool Gutter, male at No.4 tank and 4 males along Lordship Lane. There were 4 White Wagtail also at the farm.

04.05.15. Little Egret, Ince Berth. Paul Ralston (2)

A Cuckoo was seen by the Shooters’ Pools. Nearby, the Weaver Bend had 12 Black-tailed Godwit, a Common Sandpiper and a Ruff.

04.05.15. Pink-footed Geese, Frodsham Score Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

Out on Frodsham Score were a couple of late Pink-footed Goose and 3 Little Egret with 17 Raven.

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Also seen today 6 Yellow Wagtail and Sand Martins nesting opposite dredging berth.

04.05.15. Yellow Wagtail, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston (2)

Observers: Arthur Harrison, Sean O’Hara, Frank Duff, Heather & Findlay Wilde, Paul Ralston (images 4-5 & 7-8), Sparky & WSM (and images1-3 & 6).

04.05.15. Yellow Wagtail, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston (1)

03.05.15. Birdlog

03.05.15. Birdlog

03.05.15. drake Garganey, No.3 tank, frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1)

I got a call from Frank who was already on the marsh and he found a drake Garganey on the scrapes at No.3 tank. Taking a diversion we stopped off to see this fine duck and while there a singing Lesser Whitethroat made it’s self known.

Later in the day 8 Avocet dropped in but didn’t linger for long. A Grasshopper Warbler ‘reeled’ away from the scrubs on No.5 tank.

Observers: Frank Duff, Arthur Harrison.

Dave Craven over at Hale tweeted that he may have had a Cattle Egret out on Frodsham Score but despite a search (FD) it couldn’t be relocated.

03.05.15. Shelduck and Ruff, No.3 tank, frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

03.05.15. drake Garganey, No.3 tank, frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2)After spending a fine Bank Holiday with Sparky I had an opportunity to called in at the marsh towards dusk. The Garganey was still present with a few Common Teal, Gadwall and Common Shelduck. A Little Ringed Plover flew over calling, 2 fine ruffled Ruff and a splendid summer plumaged Curlew Sandpiper appeared and I watched them there until dark on the scrapes.

Observer and images: WSM

02.05.15. Birdlog

02.05.15. Birdlog

02.05.15. male Marsh Harrier, Holpool utter, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston

Out this morning along the Manchester Ship Canal and around No.4 and No.6 tanks. A male Marsh Harrier hunting the field alongside the Holpool Gutter and a pair of Yellow Wagtail in the same field. There were Blackcap, Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler on the edge of four and 30 Common Shelduck sat in the north-west corner with a single Gadwall.

02.05.15. Yellow Wagtail. Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston

The mitigation pool was quiet with just Mallard, Common Shelduck, Black-headed Gull  and Lapwing. There was a male Blackbird with white in the wing. No.6 tank held more Mallard, Common Teal, Common Shelduck, Tufted Duck and Gadwall and a small flock of Dunlin flew overhead. Along Lordship Lane there were Reed and Sedge Warbler seen and heard. Many Lapwing and Oystercatcher were in the newly sown field as were several Skylark. Male and female Wheatear were on the path between No.4 and 6 and a pair of Kestrel overhead. Back along the ship canal a Jay was on the bank of No.4 and several Raven out on the score and a female Sparrowhawk hunting the reed bed.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-2). 

02.05.15. Ruff, Weaver Bend, Frodsham Marsh

Before the rain spoiled the day Ray made his way out to the Weaver Bend where he spotted a pair of Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ruff, 15 Swift, 2 male and 2 female Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 3 House Martin and loads of Swallow.

02.05.15. Whinchat, Weaver Bend, Frodsham Marsh. Ray Scally (4)

Further on were a couple of Avocet, Ringed Plover and an assortment of ducks. 11 Raven were again present and the male Marsh Harrier was notable. Also seen were 6 Blackcap and a female Redstart along Moorditch Lane.

02.05.15. Wheatear, Weaver Bend, Frodsham Marsh

Another Wheatear was at Marsh Farm and a Grasshopper Warbler was in the scattered bushes on No.5 tank. The cold south-easterly backed up by continuous rain was enough to send us (FD, WSM) home.

Observer: Ray Scally (images 3-5), also present Frank Duff, WSM.

01.05.15. Birdlog

01.05.15. Birdlog

01.05.15. 2 male 1 female Garganey, Gowy Meadows. Paul Ralston

Out on the margins of the M56 lays the Gowy Meadows and yesterday Paul came across a drake Garganey there but today he went two better with an additional drake and a female this afternoon.

Observer and image 2: Paul Ralston.

01.05.15. Sky over No.3 tank, Frodsham Marsh

Towards dusk we stopped off at the mitigation area that is No.3 tank. The wind shifted direction from yesterday but still had a cold icy bite to it. Finding what shelter there is here we could only manage the Avocet from yesterday, 6 Gadwall and 4 Common Teal were also present.

No.6 tank was equally sparse with a handful of Tufted Duck and 65 Common Shelduck. 34 Raven were out on Frodsham Score and the male Peregrine settled on the blue-topped chimney at dusk after several attempts at landing there. A Swift was over Weston Point and numerous Swallow and Sand Martin were over the Weaver Sluice Gates.

Observers: Sparky, WSM (image 2)

30.04.15. Birdlog

30.04.15. Birdlog

30.04.15. Avocet, No.3 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1)

The stiff breeze continued to sweep across the marsh but with a sunny disposition I was situated on the track beside the mitigation area on No.3 tank.

30.04.15. No.3 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

Mitigation area of No.3 tank from the banks of No.5 tank.

30.04.15. Avocet, No.3 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2)

30.04.15. Black-tailed Godwits, No.3 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

29.04.15. Whitethroat, No.6 tank, Frodsham MarshAn overly active Avocet was on the scrapes with 10 Black-tailed Godwit nearby. A couple of Ringed Plover and Lapwing added to a very busy end of April. 27 Raven dwarfed an attendant 17 Jackdaw feeding over the fence from the wet scrape.

The male Marsh Harrier flew over en route to No.4 tank. Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler and Swallow were about the area.

Observers: Ron Brumby (image 5), WSM (images 1-4).

28 & 29.04.15. (Frodsham Festival of Walks) Birdlog

28.04.15. Birdlog

Small Copper Butterfly. Tony Broome

A male Marsh Harrier was seen several times around the area of No.6 tank and a Wheatear south of the tank.

Observer and image: Tony Broome.

29.04.15. Frodsham Festival of Walks

29.04.15

A 32 strong group of walkers joined me on an amble along Moorditch Lane, through the track on No.5 tank to the mitigation area on No.1 tank.

A small party of Golden Plover were settled into the wind on the edge of the flooded area of No.6 tank with half a dozen Dunlin. A group of 25 Ringed Plover flew in when the tide began to flood the river. Three Common Snipe and a flock of 40 Curlew flew over and out to the river. Shelduck numbers are gathering pace with 70 birds present on the open water. Common Teal have virtually departed the marsh except for a few pairs settled in the area. The Grey Heron was snuggled down low in its nest and barely revealed any of its body.

A Peregrine perched on the blue-topped chimney chose to sit on the outer lip and proved difficult to show or convince everybody that there was a bird there. A dozen Raven sailed through from mutton munching on Frodsham Score and headed south over the hills. A roost of 50 immature and sub-adult Great Black-backed Gulls with smaller numbers of Lesser Black-backs were roosting at dusk on the tank.

29.04.15. Frodsham Festival of Walks on Frodsham Marsh. copy

The group eventually reached the mitigation area and the stiff cold breeze kept most of the summer migrants low down in cover or simply remaining quiet. However, someone spotted the male Marsh Harrier quartering the reed beds on No.6 tank which saved the day.

Observers: Frodsham Festival of Walkers

27.04.15. Birdlog

27.04.15. Birdlog

27.04.15. Teal and White Wagtail, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill MortonA Wheatear was along the pipes at Marsh Farm.

Observer: Frank Duff

The Avocets were not present on No.3 tank although we could hear one calling nearby. Birds lingering on the mitigation area included: 5 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plover and a Little Ringed Plover. There were also a couple of pairs of Shoveler and Gadwall present.

No.6 tank was a good spot for White Wagtail with about a dozen birds present, a Yellow Wagtail, 20 Meadow Pipit and 7 Wheatear were also noted. A small party of Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 4 Dunlin dropped.

Observers: Frank Duff, WSM (and image)