06.06.13. Birdlog

06.06.13. Birdlog


A Swallow in the evening sunlight showing its russet throat matching the similarly russet sludge pipe.

After work and eager to enjoy the splendid sunshine I decided to watch over Frodsham Score. Canada Goose numbers were quite exceptional with in excess of 1000 birds and a smaller count observed over on Hale Marsh across the river. Obviously non breeding birds summering on the Mersey marshes makes for an impressive sight when parts of the flock fly overhead (head wear optional). Other species noted included a male Shoveler, 150 Common Shelduck, 40 Oystercatcher in pairs and loose flocks, 500 Black-tailed Godwit, smaller numbers of Curlew and 15 Dunlin.

No 6 tank: 2 male Pochard, 26 Tufted Duck and 5 Cormorant.

06.06.13. Frodsham Score dome. Bill Morton

This metal dome with an Elder tree growing through it often gets me wondering what its original use was? If anyone knows can you please let us know.

“The metal dome is a wartime machine gun outpost which were scattered about strategic places, together with tank traps and block houses. Placed in case of a possible German invasion. Whether it is in its original location I can’t say”.

Comments from Rob Cockbain also thanks to Arthur Harrison and Duncan MacNaughton for similar interest.

I recalled that the old railway lines from the Wigg Works East at Astmoor were also used and are still present to this day scattered across the salt marsh there to deter German aircraft from landing. “First ve take Runcorn then  ve take the World!”

Eventually the sun was slowly sliding down the sky and various features from the Liverpool skyline were emerging and one caught my eye and something I can’t recall seeing before (but this happens more often these days)? Hidden behind the Cathedral was the Liver Building and it’s two famous ‘Cormorants’ and a potential Frodder’s tick… Liverbirds! Just for the record and unlike Mr Duff and Mr Crawley  I am not a Liverpool FC fan. My red allegiance lays further to the east!

Observer and images: WSM