17.06.13. Birdlog & Nature Notes # 20
With the breeding season in full swing and flocks of juvenile Starlings gathering together on No 3 tank and small parties of House Sparrows in Marsh Lane the marsh tonight was typically quiet for the season. No 6 tank held 21 Cormorant, 60 Common Shelduck, 3 drake Common Pochard, 3 drake Common Teal and 15 Tufted Duck. A solitary raven flying over was perhaps the highlight.
Great Expectations (Frodsham Marsh style)
Imagine the scene you are on the set of the 1946 British black and white film ‘Great Expectations’. In the film the young orphan boy Pip is invited to meet Miss Havisham and soon learns she was left at the altar in her youth. He is invited to the room where Miss Havisham’s wedding cake and table lays untouched many years later and everything is covered in dust and cobwebs…The scene is set and cue Frodsham Marsh this evening.
I didn’t have to stretch my imagination too much as I walked along the track above No 6 tank. Nearly every bush on the southern edge of the track was covered in a blanket of silky webs created by the Spindle Ermine Moth caterpillars and this year’s infestation is as good as it gets. If you get the chance call down and get some photographs they will be about for the next week or so. As I write this post at home, I’ve got one of the little blighter’s on my shoulder…They get everywhere, clothing, car, binoculars and camera gear.
A minute and a half long video on ‘The Birds of Frodsham Marsh’ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=167176353463230.
Observer and images: WSM.
Typically Stuart Maddocks came up with a surprise with these images of a Banded Demoiselle from Ince Marshes today.