20.07.13. Birdlog (WeBS Count)
WeBS Count: 2 pairs of Little Grebe (pair with one juvenile). 2 Cormorant, 34 Common Shelduck including a crèche of 23 ducklings, 36 Mallard, 7 Gadwall, 70 Common Teal, 14 Common Pochard , 74 Tufted Duck and a pair of Ruddy Duck.
Wader wise a Whimbrel dropped in briefly before the ‘boys with their model aircraft toys’ spooked it to depart elsewhere. 10 Ringed and 5 juvenile Little Ringed Plover, a single Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Common Snipe and a Common Sandpiper noted.
A pair of Marsh Harriers ranged widely from Frodsham Score to the Weaver Bend. A couple of Peregrines were over Kamira Woods.
Observers: Paul Ralston, Heather and Harley Wilde, Frank Duff, WSM.
Duck numbers were again in healthy fettle with the ubiquitous Common Shelduck, 46 Tufted Duck, 16 Common Pochard and 64 Common Teal. 26 Common Ringed, 6 Little Ringed Plover and 6 Dunlin on No 6 tank. meanwhile 4 Common Sandpiper were present on the Weaver Bend.
A female Marsh Harrier looked urgent as she flew by and 6 Raven were loitering around No 3 tank.
Both Meadow Pipits and a Yellow Wagtail were noted.
Observers: Arthur Harrison, Sean O’Hara, WSM. Images: Galatas.
An evening with the marsh to watch birds until dusk all to myself.
34 Cormorant, 100 Common Shelduck, 67 Common Teal, 16 Common Pochard, 7 Tufted Duck, 12 Gadwall, 30 Mallard. A pair of Ruddy Duck were at a location nearby.
Roosting waders included 17 Curlew, 11 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 6 Little and 12 Common Ringed Plover
The male Marsh Harrier came through being a mere shadow of its former pristine self from earlier in the summer.
Other sightings included a Yellow Wagtail flying over.
Observer and image: WSM.
A Common Tern flew along the River Weaver and a Common Sandpiper along the Manchester Ship Canal. The male Marsh Harrier meandered lazily over No 3, 4 and 6 tanks.
Glorious sunshine and several newly fledged birds much in evidence with Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Goldfinch, Pied Wagtail, Linnet etc. Resident Reed Bunting, Whitethroat, Sedge and Reed Warbler, Wren, Chaffinch, Dunnock etc still singing .
Observer: Guido D’Isidoro and image: Paul Crawley.
21 Common Teal, 40 Tufted Duck and 56 Common Shelduck most in varying stages of summer moult and looking worst for wear. Gull numbers and species are beginning to increase and good to see the return passage of Common Gulls beginning to move through.
10 Curlew, 7 Little Ringed (pictured) and 4 Ringed Plover.
A pair of Little Grebe, 83 Tufted Duck, 12 Common Pochard, 10 Common Teal, 21 Gadwall and a crèche of 12 Common Shelduck ducklings with parents in tow.
A small roosting flock of waders held 4 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover, 4 adult and 6 juvenile Little Ringed Plover and a solitary Curlew.
The highlight was a flock 200 Sand Martin congregating with 300 Common Swift over No 6 tank.
The Foxes of Frodsham Marsh
A pair of young Foxes enjoyed the evening sunlight frolicking with tut tutting duck nearby (click on link above to view a short film).
A male and 2 female Marsh Harriers ranging widely across the marsh. 27 Common Teal, 16 Tufted Duck, 200 Common Shelduck and 220 Black-tailed Godwit.
Observers: Arthur Harrison, Frank Duff, Don Weedon, WSM.
05.07.13. Nature Notes #21
A fine evening stroll up to Pale Heights at Delamere Forest to avoid the throng taking in the Paloma Faith concert at Linmere. Sparky and myself were strolling along ‘Drunks Passage’ when a confiding Brimstone Butterfly eventually stopped to sample the nectar from the Bramble flowers.
Sometime later we found upwards of 4-500 toadlets in mass migration across a tarmac track and featured is just one of the several hundred present. 5 and 10 p coins to size approximate.
Observers; Sparky, WSM.
50 Shelduck, 40 Tufted Duck, 40 Black-tailed Godwit in small pool. A possible 4 Bar-tailed Godwit among them? A single Water Rail walked through the godwits not taking any notice of them. Goldfinch present in the lane and 3 Tree Sparrow in tree by the gate on No 6 tank. Also 4 Whitethroat by the largest in tree along the lane of No 5 and 6 tanks plus
6 Sedge Warbler. 4 Ravens and Buzzard also present.
Observer: Lee Lappin
A watch over no 6 tank this evening was fruitful enough to justify a visit. 12 Common Pochard, 21 Gadwall, 200 Common Shelduck and 12 Common Teal.
4 Curlew, a Oystercatcher, 2 adult Little Ringed Plover, 12 Dunlin and the first Green Sandpiper of the summer and the first stages of southbound movements on the marsh. The male Marsh Harrier was out and about and a Peregrine was watchful on the top of the power station chimney.