A sunny morning turned into a sunny afternoon on Frodsham Score and a sunny delight of egrets entertained out on the isolated salt marsh. The Great White Egret eventually put in a show joining c 7 Little Egret (hard to determine numbers due to birds popping in and out of the tidal gutters) for a couple of hours on the rising tide. Also present were 34 Pink-footed Goose, 9 Whooper Swan and 600 Wigeon settled along the edge of the score prior to the tide.
The first Autumn ground frost this morning along the shadowed areas of No 5 tank, did not deter the 100 or so Golden Plover (with 200 Lapwing) on the tank there. Meanwhile, on the score waders were fairly low-key. 2,000 Dunlin and 300 Golden Plover in flight were only visible when disturbed by an unseen threat.
Walking along a track I flushed a Water Rail from No. 4 tank. A gathering of 70 Carrion Crow in trees on the tank were tolerating several Raven in their midst until they felt uncomfortable enough and mobbed them out.
No 6. tank was almost devoid of any birdlife with 3 Cormorant, 16 Common Teal, 23 Common Shelduck and the female Ruddy Duck.
The highlight was a brief blast from a Cetti’s Warbler adjacant to the ‘Splashing pool/Pumping station and 25 Linnet bunched together on an Elder with 60 chattering Goldfinches. 11 Long-tailed Tits were the only other passerines on the move on four.
Observer and images/video: WSM.
The images/video featured were taken from a 1/4 mile away in heat haze and handheld hence blurriness.