Birding Nostalgia…It’s not what it used to be

Birding Nostalgia…It’s not what it used to be.

This section celebrates birds from the past and not so distant past.

If you want to share any archive images of birds (of yesteryear) from Frodsham Marsh. I’ll feature them on the site for you. Please email them to me at

Tony Lovatt captured these Ruddy Shelduck on No 6 tank in September 2012.

Stuart Maddocks scored well a first for the marsh with this Waxwing below the east banks of No 5 tank on 17th November 2012..

Gary Bellingham has found a couple of good rarities at Frodsham in his time and what better than two county firsts: Lesser Scaup and Terek Sandpiper! Not only that he has been on hand to photograph a few special editions to boot.

Terek Sandpiper, Late April 1999. All images by Gary Bellingham.

Summer plumaged Red-necked Grebe, Manchester Ship Canal. 1997.

Lesser Scaup (drake), No 6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Gary Bellingham.

Colin Davis writes a blog called occasionally Birding St Helens. He took this image of the juvenile Red-backed Shrike which was present at Marsh Farm in early September 2010 and puts the bird in context to its surrounding. Check Colin’s site out at

Paul Crawley is as local as you can get with a house in an enviable location within striking distance of the marsh. Paul is new to nature photography but caused a stir with his image of the ‘Whatwit’ aired for the first time on this blog in the summer.

Black-tailed Godwits including the white-headed bird (upper centre), summer 2012. Image by Paul Crawley.

Drake Mandarin, No 6 tank (and rarer than Hens teeth), only the second record for the marsh. Spring 2012. Image by Paul Crawley.

Great White Egret (one of three seen this year!), No 6 tank. Summer 2012. Image by Paul Crawley.

Gary Worthington is local to Frodsham Marsh and hails from Weston Point. He was one of a young band of keen Frodsham Marsh birders present in the early 1980’s. Most of these lads went onto a career in birding/environmental and they included: Peter Brash, Paul Derbyshire, Chris Done, Martin Garner, Martin Gilbert, John Gunnery, Ian Igglesden, Barry Starmer, Roy Taylor and Alex Weir et al.

White-winged Black Tern (juvenile), Weaver Bend & Estuary, August 1981. Image by Gary Worthington.

Paul Hackett is a local lad who hails from Stockport and was one of the first digi-scopers in the UK. During his exploration of this new photographic technique, he plugged away capturing some of Frodsham Marshes unusual visitors.

03.03.02. American Wigeon (drake), No 6 tank. Image by Paul Hackett.

Lesser Yellowlegs, No 5 tank, 2001. Image by Paul Hackett.

Hooded Crow at Marsh Farm 1996. Image by Paul Hackett.

Steve Young has for many years captured some of the North Wests top rarities and quite a few commoner birds on film so it is no surprise that he’s taken a few snaps of Frodshams finest wading birds. Below are just a few of them.

Stilt Sandpiper, No 4 tank, April 1984. Image by Steve Young.

This American wader was a tick for a lot of British twitchers back in 1984. Although several have been seen since this long stayers sojourn, none can match its enigmatic place in UK ticking.

Collared Pratincole, No 4 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Image by Steve Young.

Baird’s Sandpiper, I.C.I tank, September 1981.

Pectoral Sandpiper, I.C.I tank, September 1981. Image by Steve Young.

Broad-billed Sandpiper, No 5 tank, April 1999. Image by Steve Young (this Broad-billed Sandpiper is featured in ‘Tales from the River Bank’ on this blog).

Red-backed Shrike (juvenile), I.C.I tank, August 1994.

Woodchat Shrike, no 4 tank, September 1996. Image by S Rowlands.

Iain Leach is a Nottingham wildlife photographer who has had a few of Frodsham’s unusual birds published including this Red-necked Phalarope from the Weaver Bend and this breeding flock of Spoonbills on No 6 tank..

Red-necked Phalarope, Weaver Bend, July 1996. Image by Iain Leach.

Spoonbills (attempted nesting colony), No 6 tank. Summer 1996. Image Iain Leach.

Featured below are three species from Tony Murphy.

Red-necked Phalarope (female), 1976. Image by Tony Murphy.

Wilson’s Phalarope, I.C.I tank, Frodsham Marsh.September 1981.

Pectoral Sandpiper (ringed by MRG), I.C.I tank, Frodsham Marsh.September 1981.

All images by Tony Murphy.

Tony Broome was the Cheshire Bird county recorder for a number of years. He has spent more time than he could care to remember birding Frodsham Marsh. Tony has recently rekindled his interest in Frodsham by ticking off the Great White Egret on the Score.

.Stilt Sandiper, No 4 tank, April 1984. Image by Tony Broome.


14.09.12. Birdlog

14.09.12. Birdlog

300 Teal, 8 Wigeon, 6 Pintail, 13 Shoveler, 1 Snipe, 3 Dunlin and 3 Golden Plover.

Observer: WSM

I received an e-mail from Jenny Gill regarding the colour-ringed Black-tailed Godwit present on No 6 tank yesterday. It was ringed as a chick in Northern Iceland this year.

I’ll post the exact location when details are passed onto me.