The Weaver estuary held 78 Tufted Duck and a pair displaying Redshank. Across the marsh on No.6 tank were 80 Tufted Duck and the male Marsh Harrier was out roaming.
The ‘Shooters pools’ still have the Avocet in situ and a flock of Whimbrel flew up river. Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler and Reed Warbler were in full voice along the Weaver causeway.
A Grasshopper Warbler sang on the banks beside Lordship Lane.
Observers: Paul Crawley, Idris and David Roberts, WSM (and image).
2 Little Egret present (not to be confused with the two GWE) on No.6 tank.
Observer: Arthur Harrison.
4 Whinchat (2 male and 2 female), (13:00 – 14:30 hrs) south-east corner of No. 4 tank plus a Common Snipe.
A Lesser Whitethroat singing in fields opposite Lordship Lane along with 2 Grasshopper Warbler there too. Good numbers of Common Whitethroat.
Observer and image: John Gilbody
The water was very high this morning on the River Weaver and the birds reflected this with 2 Great Crested Grebe and 10 Common Shelduck were off the corner of No.1 tank. Another 30 Shelduck opposite side on the Weaver Bend.
There were 8 Avocet spread across the ‘Shooters Pools by the Lum. Passerines featured 2 Reed Bunting and 1 Sedge Warbler.
No.6 tank had a single Cormorant and 30 Tufted Duck.
Observer: Lee Lappin
Two Great White Egret on No.6 tank (paired?).
Observer and image: Paul Ralston
A quick drive for an hour around Frodsham Marsh at 5:30 pm produced 4 Whimbrel on the airfield with 3 Wheatear.
Observer: John Gilbody
One Great crested Grebe, a pair of Gadwall, two Wheatear at the Canal Pools. One male Whinchat and two Wheatear on pipes No.1 tank.
Plenty of potential breeding in evidence pair of Swallow entering nest site Spring Farm and the usual Collared Dove nearby. A pair of Stock Dove entering probable nest site Lordship Marsh and a further three birds pumping station. Small number of Sand Martins prospecting along the banks of Manchester Ship Canal. .
A Lesser Whitethroat singing along Rake Lane and another one chattering away on Lordship Marsh. One Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler also singing at Lordship Lane. One Willow Warbler singing No. 4 tank. Plenty of singing Whitethroat and Chiffchaff about and a few Blackcap.
Observer: Brian Rimmer.
Nice to have a wander round this morning and to hear the spring migrants in full song.
A kettle of 7 Common Buzzard over No 3 tank.
I heard my Reed Warbler of the year and a brief Grasshopper Warbler alongside No 6 tank.
Highlight was a cracking male Whinchat on the fence posts alternating between Straight Length and Hares Lane. I spotted another bird on a further post but it was moving at the time so get a positive identity although I suspect a second chat though
Observer: Ian Williams
A mornings ramble around the marsh resulted in a fine selection from the Spring Collection. 2 Common Sandpiper, a dozen Wheatear on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal near to the Ince berth. The 2 Black Swan flew along the canal and off over to the Score. Up to 18 Raven in the air together and many more seen near to No.6 tank. The male Marsh Harrier was showing off and a pair of Black-tailed Godwit were on the small pool on No.6. Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler and Chiffchaff were all singing on the banks of 6 Lordship Lane held more of the same with the addition of several Grasshopper Warbler. Two more Wheatear and a pair of female Yellow Wagtail sitting on a fence there. Good numbers of Swallow in the area with patrolling Buzzard and hovering Kestrel a marauding Sparrowhawk were all seen on my walk.
Observer: Paul Ralston.
5 Wheatear along the pipes on No.1 tank.
Then went for bit of a damp walk…Common Whitethroat, Chiffchaff singing away at ramp, start of path between No.6 and No.5 tank. 4 Golden Glover also on No.5 tank with 22 Wheatear counted there. Along the track along the southern edge of No.5 tank a ‘reeling’ Grasshopper Warbler, also Sedge Warbler and more Common Whitethroat, The male Marsh Harrier hunting over reed bed at No.6 tank. Loads of Swallow whizzing through.
Observer: Sean O’Hara.
40 Tufted Duck, 60 Common Shelduck and 6 Common Teal were along the flooded section. A couple of Little Ringed Plover were in south-west corner of No.6 tank where a White Wagtail was also present. Across the marsh on the River Weaver 56 Tufted Duck, 12 Gadwall and a pair of Great Crested Grebe were settled.
Four Avocet at the ‘Shooters Pools’ and 100 Curlew, 250 Black-tailed Godwit and a probable Grey Plover were glimpsed over the banks of Frodsham Score from Marsh Farm
These Jackdaw give this bullock a barbershop quartet of ‘ back, sack and crack’ as they pull fur from the beast.
The bird of the day must be the female Redstart that was seen on and off in Cherry trees bordering the banks of No.5-3 tanks. A Yellow Wagtail was flying over No.3 and disappeared over 5. It or another was over the Weaver Bend later in the evening.
The male Whinchat looked like a tiny Wheatear compared to its 4 larger cousins who were feeding along the pipes by the old birdlog. Presumably these Wheatear were the birds seen by Marsh Farm an hour or two earlier.
Another White Wagtail was by the track to the farm.
A female Marsh Harrier was perched up on a fence close to the Weaver Causeway and soon after she departed, she was replaced by the male who was earlier hunting the reed beds of No.6 tank.
Common Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler and Swallow seem to have arrived en masse and are already setting up their territories. A Grasshopper Warbler was ‘reeling’ by Redwall reed bed towards dusk.
Observers: Frank Duff, Paul Crawley, Emily Traynor, WSM (and images).