Frodsham today: 3 Redwing, 3 Reed Bunting, 6 Pied Wagtail by the horse paddock. 4 Moorhen nearby, benefitting no doubt from the cleared drainage ditch. One male Stonechat and 13 Linnet by Marsh Farm. 20 Curlew flying East. 7 Ravens in total, also 4 along the ship canal and another 3 on No. 5 tank.
An adult female Marsh Harrier patrolling the banks of the ship canal. c130 Goldfinch by the gate West of No. 6 tank. 80 Curlew in field North of the Growhow plant and one Little Egret nearby. Another 20 Linnet on Lordship Lane as well as one Skylark and just a single Meadow Pipit.
Two Little Grebes on the splashing pool. Good numbers (c 1000) of mixed Golden Plover and Lapwings on various parts of the marsh stalked and regularly taking wing in fear of their nemesis (Peregrine). 3 Buzzard and several Kestrel including an adult male. 4 Grey Heron. Lots more Magpie than usual (c30) feeding on the sodden fields. 30 Canada Geese on No. 3 chomping on grass next to 10 Coot. The usual retinue of Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Cormorant and Shelducks on No. 6 Buzzed by a Police helicopter.
Potholes getting deeper and fly tipping at its worst but a good day.
Images: Stuart Maddocks