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).
An early morning walk from the Holpool Gutter around No. 4 and 6 tanks gave the following 2 Green Sandpiper with a clutch other Mallard ducklings at the end of the gutter.
I continued along the edge of the Manchester Ship Canal to the east with 4 Wheatear and a male Whinchat holding my stride. Additionally 3 more Wheatear near the dredger birth at the Pumping Station. Overhead Swallow, Sand and House Martin were gathered. A nesting Oystercatcher pair on a wooden jetty by the canal pools
On the path along No 6 where several Common Whitethroat and 1 Blackcap singing.
On to Lordship Lane at least 2 Grasshopper Warbler and more Whitethroat and a single female Wheatear sitting on fence.
Not many raptors to be seen with only Buzzard and Kestrel showing.
Observer: Paul Ralston.
Later the following birds were to be found: 2 male Whinchat along the pipes with at least 4 Wheatear on No.1 tank and 4 Grasshopper Warbler at their spot along Lordship Lane.
Observer: Frank Duff.
An early start again and I had the female Marsh Harrier at 06:30 equally up with the lark. A reeling Grasshopper Warbler and many Sedge Warbler singing (it’s really loud that early in the morning). 20 Black-tailed Godwit flew off No.6 tank towards the Frodsham Score.
Later in the afternoon the male Marsh Harrier was hunting at length on No.6 and being mobbed by the Lapwings. I stopped for a late lunch on the track between No.5 and No.1 (14:30ish) and had 4 Wheatear (3 males, 1 female) and two male Whinchat. I then joined Frank (mega rarity he was walking!) and Mark Payne afterwards.
The Whinchat were still there along with the Wheatear at 19:00hrs which ended a long time out and about in the field.
Observer and Whinchat image: Paul Crawley
Image of Ringed Plovers: WSM
Sunrise over No.6 tank (Paul Crawley)
A male Marsh Harrier over No.3 tank looked like he owned this patch making the most of his aerial abilities twisting and turning in his pursuit of food.
19 Black-tailed Godwit settled on No.6 tank during the tide with a small representation of 24 Tufted Duck, 6 Common Teal and a scattering of Common Shelduck. Meanwhile the Weaver estuary and Bend fared better with 2 Great Crested Grebe, 30 Tufted Duck, 12 Gadwall and a lingering female Goldeneye.
The ‘Shooters pools’ are beginning to lose water and could completely dry out if we have a prolonged period of warm weather. However, making the most of the damp conditions were 4 Avocet with an additional pair across the river. A pair of Ringed Plover looked interested in this new habitat.
Sedge Warbler were singing from the reedy ditches by Redwall reed bed and Swallow were chattering overhead. Nearby Willow Warbler were singing from the north-east corner of No.6 and No.5 tanks. A sulking Grasshopper Warbler was along Lordship Lane.
2 Wheatear along the pipes on No.1 tank.
Observers: Frank Duff, Paul Crawley, Don Weedon, Sparky, WSM.
All images Paul Crawley except for Avocet by WSM.
The male Marsh Harrier was again hunting No.6 tank were there were 2 Avocet and a Little Egret.
Wheatear on No.1 and 2 on track between 3 and 6, Meadow Pipit on No.1 tank and Common Whitethroat in various places displaying/singing. The first Reed Warbler of the Spring was on 6 and a Wheatear was by Marsh Farm.
Observers: Frank Duff, Paul Crawley (and video and above images).
Wigg Island’s lagoon with Fiddlers Ferry (that black smoke can’t be good) across the river.
Locally Wigg Island is just a few miles upriver from Frodsham Marsh and the two Black Swans that had been on the Canal Pools moved to the lagoon at Wigg there on the rising tide.
An Iceland Gull flys past Hempstone Point, Wigg Island.
A pair of Black Swans on the lagoon at Wigg Island and a Cetti’s Warbler gave a brief burst of song. Plenty of migrant activity with Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler being highly vocal. Small passage of hirundines moving northward. On the lagoon 4 pairs of Little Grebe, 43 Tufted Duck, 2 pairs Shoveler and the usual gathering of summer Gadwall
Observer and images: WSM