A Grasshopper Warbler ‘reeling’ away by the ramp track on the banks to No 4 tank from Lordship Lane.
Observer: Frank Duff, Heather and Harley Wilde.
Frodsham Score: 24 Raven having a ‘much as you can eat’ buffet with lamb and mutton being the only food option. 2 immature female and a male Marsh Harrier were nearby. Two further Grasshopper Warbler were heard on the Weaver Bend and the west end of Lordship Lane where the 32 Mutes still attracted the now summering Whooper Swan in a grassy pasture field west of the model flying site off Lordship Lane and a Whimbrel flew over.
Counts of Common Shelduck reached 50 birds and numbers are increasing here. However, 10 Mallard, 12 Common Teal and 14 Tufted Duck are dwindling. On the wader front 9 Black-tailed Godwit on No 6 and a similar number of Golden Plover on No 3 tank.
The widespread Wheatear continue to be evident with birds on No 3 and 5 tanks where 12 were present, and a single male on Frodsham Score. A single Yellow Wagtail flew north west over the Pumping station pool.
Two singing Cetti’s Warbler at the Bailey Bridge were on a continuing advance through the Weaver valley.
Observer: Frank Duff.
No 6 tank: Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, 2 Swifts flew over at about 5.45 pm, c200 Shelduck in and around No 6 tank.
Mike Buckley, Shaun Hickey.
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A deceased Long-eared Owl discovered by the roadside at Ince and found by Kev Breen who found it while cutting a grass verge at Ash Road, Ince. Presumably a road kill?
Images: Whinchat by Paul Crawley, Pied Wagtail by WSM, Common Whitethroat and Common Shelducks by Heather Wilde and (deceased) Long-eared Owl by Mike Buckley.