Remarkable views of two Marsh Harriers – possibly a female and juvenile – over the west end of number six being mobbed by a Peregrine for several minutes. The Peregrine really wasn’t happy with the Harriers and repeatedly attacked both birds. A short while later, what we think was a second summer male ( certainly a male ) came across the pipes at the west end of number six, before disappearing south.
The Peregrine eventually showed up again over the main tank and managed to put up all the waders, including at least 150 Blacktail’s and 50 Dunlin. But none of the 8 Avocet, 2 Ruddy Shelduck or any of the gulls or Shelduck took any notice and stayed put– the Black-tails didn’t return and went out to the estuary.
Notes by John Barber
In the evening the 8 Avocet included 5 juvenile birds were still viewable, juvenile Marsh Harrier was testing its topping up its flying skills and a Little Egret flew through but did not linger.
BirdGuides has featured Frodsham Marsh on its ‘Weekly News from BirdGuides’ email. Some of the information is a little out of date but nonetheless a welcome bit of promotion for the patch. Check it out.
|Featured Site: Frodsham Marsh, Cheshire|
|The list of Frodsham Marsh’s past rarities is mouth-watering and did a good job at putting the site firmly on birders’ maps. With the maturation of the “tanks” — settling areas for sludge pumped out of the nearby Manchester Ship Canal — the area has cooled down slightly, but a dedicated band of local-patchers are doing their best to keep the sightings flowing. The site recently sprung back to prominence after the discovery of a Black-tailed Godwit that was sufficiently odd to be reported originally as Hudsonian Godwit. It was something of a false start, but the site has nevertheless continued to produce a string of good birds since: Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Spoonbill, Curlew Sandpiper and Garganey.
Depending on water levels, birds can be found anywhere around the site; but there are two sites that attract the most attention: turning left at the fork by the M56 motorway bridge takes you to number 6 tank — the largest active settling tank on the site — while turning right at the fork takes you to the Weaver bend, a tidal section of the River Weaver that can be productive of waders at low tide. more