The evening started with thunder clouds rolling in and time for me to head on to the marsh and get in the thick of it. The Weaver estuary and particularly the area off the causeway was still hanging onto its little treasures, most notably the Whooper Swan and the summer Red-necked Grebe. Towards the end of my visit here I was having difficulty trying to relocate the grebe from my earlier sightings. I was about to give up when I could hear it calling ‘aaoouuh’ repeated several times whilst raising its head feathers! I don’t know why the grebe did this, there was nothing nearby to initiate the display/contact call? Whatever, the reason it was something worth hearing/seeing.
Other birds of note was a pair of nesting Great Crested Grebe with 5 others paired up. 67 Tufted Duck, 15 Oystercatcher and Avocet.
The Shooters’ pools still continued to play host to the three Avocet chicks with attendant parents nearby. 10 Black-tailed Godwit dropped in for a brief visit.
A couple of Common Hares were sat together in a field but disappeared when I got my camera out.
I just had enough time to pop over to see the Lesser Scaup and found it asleep despite a male Marsh Harrier hunting the banks overlooking its residence area.
There was no need for insect repellent this evening with hundreds of Common Swift strimming the banks of spiraling midges. Some of the birds got so close I could see individual gnats being taken followed by the sound of snapping bills. An opportunity rarely seen in early summer except during the after effects of a thunder-storm.
Arthur managed to add a pair of Yellow Wagtail from the western side of No.6 tank to the days list.
Observers: Arthur Harrison, WSM (image).
Finally, on a sad note was the death today of Peter Nicholls an old friend of Frodsham Marsh. We’ll all miss his wry smile and the folding chair set in prime position on the banks overlooking No.6 tank.
Image by Paul Crawley.