06.02.14. Birdlog

06.02.14. Birdlog

Ducks and stuff on No. 6 tank, frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

I called in at Frodsham late morning with the tide on the river being out. 50 Curlew were in fields south of Lordship Lane. A total of 300 Lapwing (on No. 3 and No. 6 tanks) 200 Golden Plover also on No. 6 tank. A few more Curlews in fields near the farm. A total of 500 Canada Geese on No. 3 and No. 1 tank by Marsh Farm.

A dozen Pied Wagtail, 6 Reed Buntings, a flock of 80 Redwing at the horse paddock below Marsh Lane. A total of 100 Goldfinches in various flocks around the marsh. My first lambs of the year at Marsh Farm. 3 Raven and a Fox (shh!) at Marsh Farm.

I noticed that the banks along the MSC opposite Marsh Farm had collapsed in several places, presumably because of the continuous heavy rain there. It will all be dredged up and poured into No.6 sometime in the future? The drainage ditches along the track between the pig farm and the Growhow works were in the process of being widened and deepened presumably for windfarm access?

Ciao from Guido Isidoro.

After a visit to Delamere Forest it would be remiss to leave out the old faithful so we duly parked up in Frodsham on market day and walked out along the track above No. 6 tank. The weather was dull, grey with a slight threat of rain but fortunately that held off until we were securely heading home.

06.02.14. Cormorant, No. 6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

Any road up, it’s all about the birds and I was surprised by the initial lack of birdlife? That was until the grey mass scattered across the tank focused into roosting Golden Plover and Lapwing. I didn’t have the inclination to count them today but an educated guess would say 450 – 500 Golden Plover and 800 Lapwing. A further distant flock of Lapwing flushed from Ince/Manisty area were in excess of 2000 birds and impressive as they were laced across the horizon.

06.02.14. Coomon Snipe, No. 6 tank, frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

A flock of 30 Common Snipe flew in to settle in the sedgy margins and soon melted away in the vegetation.

18 Raven gathered on No. 5 tank looked bored and ready for trouble as they sat idly on the fence posts.

06.02.14. Common Buzzard. Bill Morton

I remember in the 1970’s the only chance of seeing a Buzzard locally would be crossing the border into Wales. Today I could easily take a tramp around the marsh and get over a dozen birds, by far the commonest bird of prey here.

06.02.14. Shoveler, No. 6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill MortonNo. 6 tank still held onto a few ducks with 12 Shoveler, the drakes looking splendid in their best bib and tucker plumage. 34 Mallard, 80 Common Teal, 11 Common Pochard and 9 Tufted Duck along with 12 Cormorant made for a woeful gathering. Not everyday is the same.

Observers: Sparky, WSM (and images).