16.03.14. Birdlog

16.03.14. Birdlog

A bird watch from 07.00-09.30. The Green Sandpiper continued to be along the Holpool Gutter. 26 Mute Swan in a nearby field should soon be moving out of the area. Several Common Buzzard and Raven were over No.4 and 6 tanks. A brace of Red-legged Partridge (presumably set down by the shooters) on No.4  tank were noteworthy. The Great White Egret  was seen again in the ditch alongside model flying field on Lordship Lane then flew on to Lordship Marsh. A Kestrel was hunting the banks of No.4 and a Chiffchaff was calling along the same bank. The Peregrine was perched on its look out post at the Growhow works.

Observer: Paul Ralston.

Worthy of note was the report of a Glossy Ibis over the M53 at Stanlow then flying north at 09.30 hrs. This is worthy of note because it’s the species I predict to be the next new bird for Frodsham Marsh. A near miss but there are plenty of records of this species over the last few years in the North-West. Eds

Following these comments I received an email from Alastair Macpherson about an intriguing Glossy Ibis within striking distance.

“I have been reading the Frodsham Marsh bird blog and noticed
that a Glossy Ibis was mentioned seen over the M53, also saying that it didn’t quite get to the marsh area. I presume that a Glossy Ibis has never been seen before on Frodsham Marsh then from this information?

Myself and some friends saw a Glossy Ibis about two miles up the River Weaver from the railway bridge near Frodsham in November 2013. It was on a flooded marshy area visible from the footpaths and took off as it saw us presenting a very good and clear view, and it took off towards Frodsham Marsh itself.

So despite the fact that one has possibly not been seen on Frodsham Marsh before, I think this sighting could possibly imply that it might have been there just not sighted”.