31.03.13. Birdlog

31.03.13. Birdlog

Finally a male Wheatear by the cattle grid at Marsh Farm this morning.

Observer: Frank Duff

31.03.13. Merlin (female), No 3 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Crawley.

24 Pink-footed Goose on No 3 tank. The geese were spooked by a ship sailing up the canal but when they took off a female Merlin was revealed.

31.03.13. Merlin (female), No 3 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Crawley

Observer and images: Paul Crawley

Frodsham Marsh 31 March 2013 036 copyThe Merlin was about No 6 tank in the early evening where a Sparrowhawk and 5 Buzzards were also note.


Observers: Nigel Case, Colin Butler (image by CB).

30.03.13. Birdlog

30.03.13. Birdlog

25.03.13. Kestrel (female) over frodsham Marsh. Stuart Maddocks

A male Hen Harrier hunting the meadow fields at Redwall reedbed.

Observer: Frank Duff.

At 9:10am  a male Marsh Harrier dropped down in the reeds next to the small pool by Marsh Farm and flushed out 2 Common Snipe. But still no sign of any migrants here.

Observer: Guido  D’Isidoro

A fine image of a (sub-adult male) Kestrel over the marsh by Stuart Maddocks and one of 6-7 raptors on the marsh today.

Stoat watched along Brook Furlong Lane and 9 Fieldfare plus a Chiffchaff in trees there and another singing Chiffchaff along Rake Lane.

The track at the back of the model aircraft flying field had 100 + Chaffinch with 9 Brambling, 20+ Reed Bunting, 6 Meadow Pipit and 6 Skylark were also about the fields.

Later in the afternoon and back on No 6 tank were 2 Redshank on the small pool, a single Avocet and 3 Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Redshank and c 20 Pied Wagtail plus a Goldcrest in elder bushes on the western banks of the tank.

20 Tufted Duck and a single Little Grebe on the Pumping Station pool.

Ciao from Guido D’Isidoro

No 6 tank: The Avocet was still present, 40 Common Shelduck, 300 Common Teal, 40 Shoveler and smaller numbers of Mallard.

No 5 Tank: 30 Curlew and 150 Golden Plover.
Observers: Lee Lappin, WSM
30.03.13.  Pink-footed Goose, No 3 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Paul CrawleyNo 3 tank: 18 Pink-footed Goose were south of the Canal Pools feeding close to the Canada Goose flock. Later an additional 10 birds flew in from the west then circled out to the estuary before returning to join the original birds. Also present was a pair of Great Black-backed Gulls exerting their superiority over 4 Raven at the carcass of a sheep. Not a pretty sight watching the Ravens getting a good kicking by the brutish gulls! There were also an additional 10 birds loitering about No 5 tank – Marsh Farm – Frodsham Score area.
Observers: Don Weedon, Paul Crawley, WSM.
30.03.13. Black-taile Godwits, No 6 tank, Frodsham Marsh
34 Mute Swan again in fields by Rake Lane and a total of 200 Curlew west of No 4 tank with 10 Black-tailed Godwit on No 6 tank topping up a fine selection of birds and birders present on the marsh today.

Observer and images: Paul Crawley.

Finally, at least 8 Common Buzzard in the area were taking advantage of the sunshine with birds riding the evening thermals.


29.03.13. Birdlog

29.03.13. Birdlog

28.03.13. No 6 tank looking south-east to Overton Hill (Frodsham hill). Stuart Maddocks.No 6 tank looking south-east to Overton Hill (Frodsham Hill) and prime harrier hunting country. Image by Stuart Maddocks.

 A Hen Harrier joined the Marsh Harrier (males) over No 6 tank and Chiffchaff noted.

Observer: Frank Duff.

AM period: No 6 tank: Water Rail calling, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Ruff  Plenty of Curlews and Lapwings but not a single Golden Plover. One Oystercatcher flying over the Weaver Bend. 

PM Period: 3 Avocet briefly on No 6 and then saw them again later from the farm feeding on the tide’s edge on the estuary. The male Marsh Harrier reappeared on the tank.

Distant view of flying Goosander/Merganser from the same spot. A scattering of 100 + Canada Goose in fields and the Score.

50 Fieldfares on both sides of the track to the Marsh Farm. Only 3 Ravens noted.

Stoat ran across the track by the horse paddock.

10+ Pied Wagtails on north end No 6 tank, 20+ Reed Buntings along Lordship Lane by the model aircraft field. Also total of 80 + Linnets in various locations. 

Ciao from Guido D’Isidoro.

A Woodcock over No 5 tank at 4.30 pm was the first sighting for a while.

Observer: Arthur Harrison.

28.03.13. Birdlog

28.03.13. Birdlog

28.03.13. 9.6 m tide on Frodsham Score, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton.

The edging tide filling the gutters on Frodsham Score. Image WSM

High tide on Frodsham Score saw 51 Pink-footed Goose with c 350 Canada Goose. c 400 Wigeon, 300 Common Teal, 48 Common Shelduck and a couple of Gadwall. On the wader front 21 Grey Plover, 350 Dunlin, 7 Oystercatcher, 200 Curlew and 3 Redshank were a little under par.

Observer: WSM

Holpool Gutter and fields west of No 4 tank: 2 Little Egret and an unspecified number of Black-tailed Godwit.

Observer: Guy Groves

28.03.13. Buzzard pellet, No 4 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton.

No 6 tank: 350 Common Teal, 20 Wigeon, 10 Cormorant, Ruff and 3 Avocet.

I found quite a few of these Buzzard pellets ( opposite image) below the mast on No 4 tank.

Observer: WSM.

Also present on and over No 6 tank and No 4 tank was a male Hen Harrier and male Marsh Harrier.

9 Avocet on the Weaver Bend.

Observer: Gary Powell

Male Marsh Harrier and sub-adult Hen Harrier (below images by Darren Endersby)

28.03.13. Marsh Harrier (male), No 6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Dareen Endersby (3)

28.03.13. Marsh Harrier (male), No 6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Dareen Endersby 28.03.13. Marsh Harrier (male), No 6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Dareen Endersby (2) 28.03.13. Marsh Harrier (male), No 6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Dareen Endersby (1)

28.03.13. Hen Harrier (sub-male), No 4 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Dareen Endersby (4)
28.03.13. Hen Harrier (sub-male), No 4 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Dareen Endersby (3)28.03.13. Hen Harrier (sub-male), No 4 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Dareen Endersby (2)28.03.13. Hen Harrier (sub-male), No 4 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Dareen Endersby (1)


28.03.13. Pumping Station Pool, Frodsham Marsh. Stuart Maddocks.

32 Tufted Duck and 2 Gadwall on the Pumping Station Pool.

Observer: WSM

28.03.13. Chiffchaff, No 6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Stuart Maddocks.

5 different Chiffchaff on No 6 tank and an immature Stonechat on No 4 tank. Also c 100 Meadow pipit in flooded meadow field west of Marsh Lane (marsh side) motorway bridge.

Observers: Stuart Maddocks, WSM.

26.03.13. Birdlog

26.03.13. Birdlog 25.03.13. Frodsham Hill from Frodsham Marsh. Stuart Maddocks. Frodsham Hill (Overton Hill) from Frodsham Marsh. Image by Stuart Maddocks.

25.03.13. Avocets, no 6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton.

No 6 tank: 3 Avocet, 446 Common Teal, 36 Wigeon, 21 Tufted Duck, 2 Shoveler, 21 Common Shelduck and 47 Mallard.

A Little Egret in the drainage ditch east of No 6 tank and a Chiffchaff at the end of the lane there. Observer and image: WSM.


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. male Marsh Harrier was quartering the northern banks of No 6 tank and No 5 tank but performing well in the area by the viewing platform .


Above video grabs of the male Marsh Harrier over No 6 tank this evening (see ‘The Birds of Frodsham Marsh’ facebook page to view the full video). Images by WSM.

Also present were c10 Raven.

Observers: Arthur Harrison, WSM

A Short-eared Owl was hunting along the junction of No 6-5-3 tanks at 5.50 pm.

Observer: Nigel Case.

25.03.13. Barn Owl, Frodsham Marsh. Stuart Maddocks The Barn Owl was again at the horse paddock briefly from 6.10 pm and c 100 Meadow Pipits in water meadow west of Marsh Lane (marsh side) motorway bridge.

Image by Stuart Maddocks.

Observers: Stuart Maddocks, Michael King, WSM 25.03.13. Mute Swans at Rake Lane. Stuart Maddocks. Mute Swans at Rake Lane. Image by Stuart Maddocks. 25.03.13. Curlews over Lordship Marsh. Frodsham Marsh. Stuart Maddocks. Curlews over Lordship Marsh. Frodsham Marsh. Image by Stuart Maddocks.

25.03.13. Birdlog

25.03.13. Birdlog

25.03.13. Goosander (drake), No 6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Stuart Maddocks

3 drake Goosander in flight over the Weaver Bend and appeared to drop down towards No 6 tank?

25.03.13. Peregrine, Frodsham Marsh. Staurt Maddocks

A Peregrine over No 4 Tank and up to 4 Common Buzzard along the fence at the Holpool gutter.

25.03.13. Skylark singing, Lordship Lane, Frodsham Marsh. Stuart Maddocks.

Numerous Skylark singing alongside Lordship Lane by No 6 tank and Model Aircraft Field.

25.03.13. Curlew and Black-tailed Godwit, Frodsham Marsh. Stuart Maddocks.
200 Black-tailed Godwit and 200 Curlew in fields at Ince pig farm and more singing Skylarks.
Observer and images: Stuart Maddocks.
At 17.34 pm a Barn Owl was in fields west of the horse paddock by the Marsh Lane bridge.
Observer: Arthur Harrison.

24.03.13. Birdlog

24.03.13. Birdlog

24.03.13. Black-tailed Godwits, Ince-Holpool Gutter fields. Stuart Maddocks.

60 Black-tailed Godwit in flooded fields by the Ince-Holpool gutter. Images by Stuart Maddocks.

24.03.13. Black-tailed Godwits, Ince, Stuart Maddocks.

Godscroft Lane area: 6+ Brambling, 7 Redwing, 3 Buzzard (1 trying to pinch dead Wood Pigeon behind a Willow), 4 Sparrowhawk attacks and Great Spotted Woodpecker on numerous occasions.

Observer: Paul Crawley

Adult male Hen Harrier over No 6 tank then dropped down in bare patch among the reeds followed by a flock of 30+ Linnet mobbing him. The harrier was seen later along Lordship Lane flushing 20 Curlew from a field. 2 Common Snipe were also along the edge of the field . 100+ Meadow Pipits, 18 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing and 20 Linnets in the horse paddock feeding in patches of grass left by melting snow . 6 Black-tailed Godwit flew over, 100’s of Canada Geese, 3 Raven, 20 Lapwing, 3 Golden Plover and 10 Curlew on track to Marsh Farm but still no sign of Wheatear.

Observers: Guido D’Isidoro, Frank Duff

23.03.13. Birdlog

23.03.13. Birdlog

11:30 am , No 6 tank, Little Ringed Plover, 250+ Golden Plover over farm . 40+ Lapwings . 6 Fieldfare . 16 Raven . Small number of finches and Reed Buntings attracted a Sparrowhawk . 


Observer: Guido D’Isidoro

23.03.13. Common Buzzard, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Crawley.

Not much apart from the usual Golden Plover, Curlews, Lapwings on No 2 and No 5 tank. c100 Curlew on model aircraft field and a bedraggled Common Buzzard (pictured) on the fence by the viewing area, it could fly okay but it was holding its left foot up.

1 Stonechat by the farm.


Observer: Paul Crawley

21.03.13. Birdlog

21.03.13. Birdlog

We had 6 Bewick’s Swan on Ince Marshes quite near Stanlow Point and 60 Pink-footed Goose on the low tide count today. No egrets, but perhaps they were probably keeping their heads down out of the cold wind.

Observer: Dermot Smith

A Marsh Harrier was seen this am period by Arthur Harrison.

Teal, No6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

After work I took advantage of the available evening light before the onslaught of heavy snow forecast for tonight. I decided to position myself below the inside south banks of No 6 tank and keeping a low profile I managed to get really close to the 297 foraging Common Teal, several males in nuptial display.

Also present were 34 Common Shelduck, 6 Common Pochard, 26 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 27 Tufted Duck and 47 Mallard.

26 Ringed Plover, 60 Curlew on No 6 tank and 367 Golden Plover with a quarter of them sporting advancing summer plumage.

A minimum of 10 Raven were over and by Marsh Farm.

Observer: WSM.

20.03.13. Wigg Island

20.03.13. Wigg Island

20.03.13. Sttee on the marsh. Bill Morton

I took a trip to Wigg Island this evening which saw me breaking a long sabbatical from this former patch. One of the highlights was a cream coloured leather armchair sat out on the salt marsh (armchair ticking gone mad).

A locally uncommon Nuthatch feeding in a thicket by the main car park and a Great Spotted Woodpecker in trees along the ‘Troll Trail’.

A burst of Cetti’s Warbler song from the eastern side of the park and a collection of ducks on the lagoon including the usual Tufted, Shoveler and Gadwall. On the salt marsh were 60 or so Canada Goose including this oddity below.

For more information on birding Wigg Island click here

20.03.13. Odd-looking Goose, Astmoor Marsh, Runcorn. Bill MortonNot the clearest image but nonetheless a bird that was some distance away with the Canada’s and caught my attention. Same size/shape as Canada but with white face/cheeks and throat with short(ish) stubby pink bill. Anyone’s guess what its mother or father may have been?

Hundreds of gulls streaming through at dusk after a day gorging on our waste at Arpley tip. Anyone interested in joining me to watch the gulls flying to roost before the WeBS meeting at Wigg Island Visitor Centre on 18th April I’ll be there from 5.00 pm? Potential for Iceland and Glaucous Gulls and the spectacle of hundreds of gulls moving through is worth it.

Observer and images: WSM