A walk from Growhow works and along Holpool gutter to No. 6 tank this morning produced a Peregrine on one of the stacks. The Great White Egret was again on Frodsham Score and a Merlin seen from along the ship canal path. A Marsh Harrier missing from the marsh for the last few weeks reappeared again over No. 6 tank. Last week I counted 11 Little Egret in a field beyond the old wood and a leucistic lapwing in a flock of normal birds alongside the Gowy at Thornton le Moor.
Observer: Paul Ralston.
Above image is of the distant Growhow factory beyond No. 6 tank by WSM
A walk along Station Road at Delamere Forest today was marred by finding a dead Badger (pictured) on the roadside by the entrance to the caravan park. This road can be a frightening place when you’re walking alongside it, particularly when you need to cross over to gain access to other parts of the forest. The road stretches for about 3/4 mile and drivers are often tempted to press the pedal a bit more than they should and often the result is a dangerous crossing place for wild creatures.
Towards the day’s end we ended up on Frodsham Marsh and on a track above No. 6 tank and bumped into Arthur who was out and about after his recent operation.
We all watched a battle of wills and a title bout between two brutes of the ‘Birding World’. A gathering of Ravens versus a pair of Great Black-backed Gull and as Harry Hill would say “Which is better? There’s only one way to find out: FIGHT!”
Gulls get the upper ‘wing’ and the spoils of a disembowelled sheep carcass on No. 5 tank..
The first lambs of Spring were keeping close to mum on No. 5 tank and kept well away from all the stark realities of life (and death) just a hundred metres away. A flock of 400 Starling were ‘worming’ on the grassy fields and a couple of Chiffchaff were calling to each other as they moved unseen through the reed beds.
Close by on No. 6 tank a gathering of ducks included 150 Common Teal, 12 Common Pochard, 47 Mallard, 9 Pintail and a few Cormorants were gathering on the usual dead roosting tree. Several hundred Lapwings were gathering on the water’s edge joined by smaller flocks of Golden Plover.
The local resident Peregrine flew in towards dusk and roosted high up on the power station chimney at Weston Point.
Observers: Arthur Harrison, Sparky and WSM (all images).