Marsh Farm Edition

Marsh Farm Edition

A few weeks ago Farmer Chris from Marsh Farm ask if I would put some images of his livestock on the blog. So, to celebrate the next few weeks of Spring I have picked some pictures from the marsh taken by myself and Stuart Maddocks.

Chris and his late father have worked and at times endured the harsh environment that a small farm perched on the edge of the Mersey Estuary can experience. The farm is often in the firing line of howling gales, snow storms, drought and is at the brunt of the seemingly ever-present rain that appears horizontal at times there. Farming life is a difficult job at the best of times so please follow the country code when visiting the marsh particularly during the lambing season.

Lamb and Ewe, Marsh Farm, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

I took this image last Spring of a cute lamb “smiling”.

Sheep, frodsham Marsh

The Black Sheep from Ince Marsh by Stuart Maddocks28.01.13. Cow, No 5 tank, Frodsham Marsh
23.05.13. Bulll, Frodsham Marsh. Stuart Maddocks. copy

A Bull from Ince Marsh by Stuart Maddocks

Pig, Frodsham Marsh, Stuart Maddocks.

A wallowing pig at Holme Farm, Ince Marsh a good area for Black-tailed Godwit and Little Egret.

Cattle, No. 5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

The Panda Cow was a calf last summer but is full sized now.

Cattle, No. 5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

Red-backed Shrike, Marsh Farm, Frodsham Marsh. Colin DavisI couldn’t really leave all this without mentioning birds that have frequented Marsh Farm over the years and have included, One of Cheshire’s earliest ever Ospreys spotted by Martin Gilbert heading north over the farm on the last day of March’93. Some much sought after Frodder’s ticks like Pomarine Skua, Bittern, Ross’s, Brent, Barnacle and White-fronted Goose, Corncrake, Dotterel, a Bishop spp which caused quite a stir for a while, Black Redstart (the only marsh record) and more recently a juvenile Red-backed Shrike that pulled in birders.

Red-backed Shrike image by Colin Davis.

27.02.14. Birdlog

27.02.14. Birdlog

21.09.10. Common Snipe. Frodsham MarshThe Whooper Swan flock increased to 15 birds in fields by the motorway (SH) and would have got the morning off to a good start as Shaun drove to work. 100 Black-tailed Godwit in a field near to Holme Farm (pig farm) and  a similar number of Curlew in an adjacent field. There were 3 Little Egret with Mute Swans by the Holpool gutter.

A Great White Egret was out on Frodsham Score during high tide. Also present were large numbers of Lapwing and Golden Plover on No.6 tank along with Common Snipe, 6 Pintail amongst the Tufted Duck, Common Teal and Mallard flocks. A single Chiffchaff was also calling along the bank of that tank. A quiet day for raptors with only Common Buzzard being seen.

Observers: Paul Ralston, Shaun Hickey