24.07.13. Birdlog

Birding Frodsham Marsh (Warts and All)

17.07.13. Lapwing (juvenile), No 6 tank, Frodsham Marsh

When you do the whole marsh and see only 3 Magpies its time for a couple of cold beers ! Nonetheless I braved the 29 degrees midday heat and managed to see/hear the usual finches and warblers and a few Reed Bunting, but only two Lapwing, two Raven, one Buzzard, two Greylag Geese, three Pied Wagtail one Kestrel and one Sparrowhawk. Lots of Swallows and many Swift particularly over Frodsham Score.

The large flock of Canada Geese has moved to the other side of the Mersey with several hundred lining the bank on the North side . Adult with young Coot, Mute Swan, Tufted Duck and two creches of Shelduck chicks.

Ciao Guido D’Isidoro.

Birding Frodsham Marsh (A Day of Two Halves)

Nigel and I had an amazing evening on the Marsh tonight. We spotted the male Marsh Harrier looking in the sort of state you’d expect trying to keep up with the toing and froing!
24.07.13. Ruddy Duck pair, Frodsham Marsh. Heather Wilde
50 Shelduck (including 2 big broods of chicks), 25 Cormorant, 50 Tufted Duck, 4 Mute Swan,  single Black-tailed Godwit and Lapwing, 500+ gulls of varying types mostly Black-headed and Lesser Black-backed. The Ruddy Duck pair keeping a low profile away from the main action. 

24.07.13. Ruddy Duck, Frodsham Marsh. Heather Wilde
Plenty of hirundines and Swift about over the marsh and at Lordship Lane were 15 House Sparrows, 25 Goldfinch, 2 Reed Bunting, Ravens, and a really stunning Linnet (pictured below).
Observers: Nigel and Heather Wilde
24.07.13. Linnet, Frodsham Marsh. Heather Wilde.

The Big Twitch on the Big Ditch by James Walsh

The Big Twitch on the Big Ditch – Eastham Locks to Salford Docks

The Inaugural Manchester Ship Canal

Bird Race 24.05.13

James Walsh, Shaun Hargreaves, Steve Burke

The Team – James Walsh, Shaun Hargreaves and Steve Burke

Salford 1

Eastham Locks – where the Manchester Ship Canal meets the River Mersey

Salford 2

Sign at Salford Docklands 100 year Anniversary Walkway (1894-1994) 

Salford 3

Manchester Ship Canal Coat of Arms

 Salford 4

The Manchester Ship Canal, also known as “The Big Ditch”

Moore, Moore, Moore

Moore NR signMoore NR signMoore NR sign

We arrived at Moore Nature Reserve at 04.30 hrs with the aim of the day, to record as many species as possible at sites along the Manchester Ship Canal. The first birds of the day were a singing Yellowhammer, Grey Partridge, a dashing Hobby, plus around the woods, lakes & reeds – Great Spotted Woodpecker, Treecreeper, Jay, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting & Greylag Goose.

Great Spotted Woodpecker (ringed)

Merlin Magic

Frodsham Marsh was next up and a Marsh Harrier quartered the reeds, another Hobby & Raven flew through, whilst a big surprise was a male Merlin!

Eyes on the Prize

Thanks to the wonderful chaps @ Woolston, we gained access to this superb reserve, scoring Black-necked Grebes, Pochard & yet another Hobby!

 Salford 5 Hobby at Frodsham, one of 3 birds seen during the MSC bird race (Steve Burke)

 Mersey Parade

The river splashed on the rocks @ Eastham Locks, with very strong winds making birding difficult but a cruising Peregrine, Great Black-backed Gull &  Linnet were additions to the days total.

24.05.13. Red-legged Partridge, No 6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. James Walsh.

One of two Red-legged Partridge on the north track by No 6 tank

Avocet, No 6 tank, Spring, Frodsham Marsh. James Walsh.

Pair of Avocet on Frodsham Marsh (James Walsh)

Frodsham (again) Red-legged Partridge on the number 6 track, Curlews & Wheatear at Marsh Farm, Grasshopper Warbler near the River Weaver and a bonus pair of Avocet on Number 6 tank, and later, relocated on Frodsham Score. This bird is the symbol of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and a story of nationwide, and regional, conservation success.

Party Time

At Salford Docks a Kingfisher zoomed along the Manchester Ship Canal, whilst at North Wharf the only “birds” (excuse the pun times 50) were the ones dancing around on Captain Salts Party Boat, and the flashing lights and booming house music emitting from the Princess Katherine seemed an appropriately surreal way to round off an educational day of 80 species.

James Walsh

Thanks to Frodsham Marsh Birdblog (frodshammarshbirdblog.wordpress.com), Woolston Eyes (woolstoneyes.com).

James Walsh