Bright warm sunny weather with a refreshing strong Easterly wind. Clear skies and good visibility.
2 Black-tailed Godwit, one of which is the ringed bird from late April. It appears to have a swollen knee-joint and is hopping whilst feeding. 4 Avocets, 8 Dunlin, 1 Little Ringed Plover, Whimbrel calling, 49 Mute Swan and the Black Swan present. Pair Pochard, drake Wigeon, 100 Tufted Duck, male Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 4 Raven, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Yellow Wagtail.
Image by Paul Crawley
Observers: PC, FD, WSM, John Spottiswood
Included below is an account of John’s visit to the marsh and his observations and comments.
For a change I decided to skip Weaver Bend and pay special attention to No.6 tank involving my first ever walk all the way round. 12 Common Whitethroats (11 singing) 6 singing Sedge Warblers 3 Yellow Wagtails Cuckoo heard only 7 singing Skylarks 10 singing Reed Warblers 94 Tufted Ducks 20 Shelducks Male Wigeon Black-tailed Godwit 3 Avocets 5 Gadwalls 3 Ringed Plovers Shoveler 2 reeling Grasshopper Warblers by the lane below No.6. Lesser Whitethroat audible over the fields there towards the M56. For those who remember the glory days when Frodsham was definitely one of the UK’s premier birding sites check out this excellent new blog at https://frodshammarshbirdblog.wordpress.com/ It is still one of the best sites in Cheshire so let’s get out there and see if we can bring in some new glories. Recent years have seen such delights as Buff-breasted Sandpiper and Red-backed Shrike so it can still deliver even though there is a lot less prime habitat and less coverage. The blog also has some recent sightings, a virtual equivalent of the legendary Frodsham bird log, a big notebook with a pen on a piece of string in a metal box nailed to a telegraph pole (it was cutting edge technology back in the day. JS
It certainly was John and it started with me and Martin Garner manually digging a huge hole at the base of the drainage brick tower on No 1 tank in December 1986, to cement the wooden post and box there. It was later relocated to its present site at the south-east corner of No 5 tank.
I think you can find John’s blog on ‘Planet Spottiswood’. Thanks for the plug John. WSM