High tide on the river this weekend. Sheep, Raven and Hale lighthouse from Marsh Farm. Image by WSM.
Frodsham Score: 4 Little Egret 1 Great White Egret and 3 European White-fronted Goose on Frodsham Score (1 sub adult and 2 juvenile).
Also present the wintering 8 Whooper Swan on the Score and Ince Marshes.
Tales from (the Farmyard) the Score
Greylag Goose 1.
Farmyard Goose 2 (white birds).
Hybrid White-front x Canada 1 (Looked like White-fronts from back, but Canada from front. Pale face, pink bill, size of Canada).
Canada Goose ,1300 but all not seen.
Canada Goose 1 with white rear hind neck.
Greylag Goose 1.
Shorbirds noted were 1 Grey Plover, 1 Black-tailed Godwit and 250 Dunlin from the tide on the Score .
On the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal were a single ‘wintering’ Common Sandpiper and a possible Rock (Water?) Pipit, 1 flew west along the Ship Canal calling at 13.55 hrs (a big, rangey pipit and typical call but into the light). Also 2 juv male and female Goldeneye on the canal.
Shelduck 300+ Frodsham Score.
Lapwing 930 on No 3 tank and 600 on the Frodsham Score (no idea if same birds).
Curlew 70 No 3 tank, 40 Frodsham Score.
Golden Plover 110 No 3 tank, 300 No 6 tank later at dusk.
Kestrel 1 No 1 tank 3, 1 No 5 tank, 1 Frodsham Score.
Merlin sat out on posts on Frodsham Score.
Raven 10 on No 5 tank, 15+ Frodsham Score.
Redwing 100+ Brook Furlong Lane plus 15+ No 4 tank.
Fieldfare 50+ Brook Furlong Lane.
Blackbird 20+ Brook Furlong Lane, 20+ elsewhere.
Song Thrush 17+.
Starling 5000+ Frodsham Score.
Linnet 20 Brook Furlong Lane, 60 and a 40 on No 6 tank, 80 frodsham Score (200+).
Redpoll sp 2 No 4 tank.
Marsh Harrier (immature) over Redwall (water meadows) then flew to Marsh Farm and beyond.
Observer: Tony Broome.
Reed Bunting at the Pumping Station reedbed. Image by Tony Broome.
Ben Varrey registered Ramsey carrying dry gargo to Salford. Image by Tony Broome
5+ Jays, Goldcrest, Great Spotted Woodpecker also, Male and female Brambling with numerous Chaffinch in Godscroft Lane, Frodsham and Helsby Marshes.
Male Sparrowhawk at dusk today along Godscroft Lane. Image by Paul Crawley.
Male Brambling at feeder. Image by Paul Crawley.
Foraging Jay. Image by Paul Crawley.
Observer: Paul Crawley