With a new drake Lesser Scaup at Sandbach Flashes and our bird not being reported until tea time, it was a bit premature assuming the Sandbach bird could have been the marsh drake. So, the original Frodsham Marsh Lesser Scaup continues to shed old feathers and begins to acquire its eclipse plumage and hopefully will remain here on No.6 tank all summer.
The Red-necked Grebe is still frequenting the River Weaver off Redwall Reedbed and tonight I was given the opportunity of watching it in flight. The bird flew strongly out to the Weaver estuary and settled on the water there. On my return 30 minutes later it was back in its favourite spot and after a period of fishing it settled down to a spot of sleeping.
The Shooters’ pools was like ‘Babybird Central’ with Black-headed Gull and chicks, two Avocet and chicks, Lapwing and chicks and my personal favourite a pair of Ringed Plover and their (cottonbud on legs) chick.
No.6 tank didn’t disappoint again and with the continued stay of the Lesser Scaup in the area (pictured) will be welcoming visitors. Please bear in mind this area is private and photographers/birders are not permitted to enter the tank beyond the fence line. Other species of note were 14 Tufted Duck, a drake Pochard, 5 Little Egret flying west, male Marsh Harrier, 3 Ringed and a Little Ringed Plover were feeding together on the exposed mud here. The Cuckoo continues to linger along the track and a Yellow Wagtail was spreading a little sunshine.
Observers: Frank Duff, Guy Groves, WSM (and images).