The summer plumaged Red-necked Grebe was still to be found lingering on the Weaver at Frodsham Marsh. If you have the opportunity or are passing through Frodsham Marsh take time out and pay a visit to see this bird.
RNG image by Lynda Haney.
I paid a visit a little further up river this evening to Norton Marsh to see the loitering Osprey. The bird was present on pylons overlooking the lagoons at Fiddlers Ferry Power Station. It was reminiscent to the bird that spent the summer here a few years back. This bird was observed feeding off a large Roach which presumably it had caught a little earlier. On one occasion a tatty looking Marsh Harrier flew over the Osprey and solicited barely a glance from either birds.
I hadn’t been in this area for many years so it was good to relive a few past memories here walking to see the Osprey. The sound of a reeling Grasshopper Warbler and singing Yellowhammer added to a rainy after work visit. Although the tracks looked a little bit more manicured the general feel of the place hadn’t changed much. The location of the hide was a bit puzzling being some way off the actual river, surely it would have been better to position it closer to the shoreline and elevated?
Observer and Osprey image: WSM