Frank discovered a wing-tagged Red Kite over Frodsham Score this morning before it drifted west. It hung around long enough for Mark P to twitch it from Northwich but not long enough for my after work dip!
From the right-wing tag colour (red main colour and orange bar at base) I have managed to get some potential information regarding the origins of this bird and presuming the colour combination is correct then it originated from Yorkshire and was released in 2003. WSM.
Observers: Frank Duff, Paul Crawley (and image above).
Number 6 tank: 2 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Ringed Plover, 6 Redshank, 2 Snipe, 3 Avocet and 9 Golden Plover flew over. ,
3 Marsh Harrier (one male, one sub-adult female, one adult female).
20 Raven over fields at Marsh Farm but mainly on Frodsham Score.
It’s official, the insectivores are back! 50 Wheatear in various locations around the marsh. Elsewhere migrants were pouring in with the first Grasshopper and Reed Warbler noted. 4 Yellow Wagtail briefly in the morning along with 5 + White and several Pied Wagtail. Along Brook Furlong Lane: 1 Male Blackcap seen as well as two Whitethroat . One Willow Warbler and several Chiffchaff.
4 male Whinchat on Lordship Lane sharing a field with several Wheatear, 2 Grey Wagtails ( male +female ) near Hoopool gutter.
Ciao Guido D’Isidoro.
Whinchat image by Heather Wilde.
An all tonal Wren by Paul Crawley taken early this morning on the marsh.
The adult female Marsh Harrier was all over the place as was the male.
The Canada Geese had 6 goslings and the Greylag with them (2 Canada’s and 2 Greylag) not sure on whose nippers they were may be more mixed race geese? The goslings where quite well-developed at least a week old.
Wheatears everywhere on No’s 1,2,3 (20+), No’s 4,5,6 and Lordship Marsh, 2 Whinchat on No 3 tank Both Reed and Grasshopper Warbler on No 6 tank. Also Ringed Plover displaying. One Whitethroat on Lordship Marsh then 6 and Willow Warbler on No 6 tank.
Weaver Bend: Cuckoo, 6 Common Sandpiper and a White Wagtail.
Observers: Paul Crawley, Frank Duff, Arthur Harrison, Guido, Alyn Chambers, Gary Powell, Mark Payne, Heather, Nigel, Findlay and Harley Wilde, WSM