Goodbye to the Old and Welcome to the New Year 2014
A collection of three images taken at roughly the same time of year (December) and spanning nearly 30 years. How times have changed and 2014 should see more changes to this area.
The settlement of silt deposit on No. 4 tank has taken many years. First image is of the tank when it was left to settle with the first emergent vegetation taking place c1986 taken by Brian Rimmer.
The second image (above) taken 10 years ago this month showing roughly the same area.
The final image shows the same place today but now the tank is covered in Elder scrub and Phragmites reed beds. Last two images by WSM.
A small flock of Linnet after a wash and dryout on wires overlooking traffic on the M56 Motorway.
The last birding day of 2013 and I was heading down to the marsh at sunrise. Well, when I say sunrise I meant to say all five minutes of it. This was followed by low cloud rolling in and with it loads of slow-moving rain. I kept repeating to myself that we live in a temperate zone on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and it’s what we should expect in December. The persistent rain was seeping through my waterproofs (Goretex isn’t waterproof) and slowly entering my camera bag. The rain sure was testing my patience and a lot of Anglo-Saxon cursing was filling the air.
It’s all about the birds so No. 6 tank was a duck haven with 300 Common Teal, 100 Tufted Duck, 10 Common Pochard, 12 Shoveler, 67 Common Shelduck and 6 Wigeon.
A quick look over Frodsham Score and peering through the morning gloom I only managed to see 10 Whooper Swan. A couple of Jays failed to lift my damp spirit. A Chiffchaff was calling deep from the reed beds on No. 4 tank.
Over 30 Raven were gathering on No.5 tank at first light.
Observer and images: WSM
Mark Twain once said “if you don’t like the British weather, wait a minute”. Come the afternoon and the clouds rolled back with a beautiful sunny period until dusk.
Frank paid a visit to the east side of the marsh and found a flock of Redpoll and a pair of Bullfinch.
Paul took the late shift with the usual numbers of Lapwing and Golden Plover on No.2 and No.3 tanks. Apart from the birds seen earlier I managed to add the 1cy Marsh Harrier, 5 Redshank and a single Pintail all on No. 6 tank.
While across the marsh on No.1 tank a Merlin and 2 Stonechat were lingering by the pool near Marsh Farm.
Obserers: Frank Duff and Paul Crawley (final image).