The cauldron effect of the marsh basin set in an amphitheatre (bordered on three sides by much higher ground) in summer can become stiflingly hot and humid. Combined this with an array of insects with varying degrees of biting parts all wanting a birders blood is not for everyone. Tony braved all this to spend the day birding here.
Starting at No.6 tank he saw: 90 Tufted Duck, 20 Common Teal, 1 Pochard, an Athya hybrid? (top right of picture), an adult and the first juvenile Dunlin of the summer. Also present were 2 juvenile Little Ringed Plover. 1 Common Sandpiper, 120 Black-headed Gull, 15 Common Gull and 10 Pied Wagtail.
A unwelcomed flytip by a not so caring citizen of this or a nearby parish leaves you a tad angry.
Marsh Farm was next on the agenda where 21 Greylag Goose by the farm and 2 Yellow Wagtail plus 15 Swallow/30 Sand Martin were about the buildings there.
Further down the river on the Weaver Bend was 250 Black-tailed Godwit.
The Canal Pools held 2 Common Sandpiper and there were 3 Raven on No5.
Frodsham Score and the Manchester Ship Canal had an impressive 5,000 Canada Goose (if not for the sheer volume of birds).Greylag 21 Bank opposite Marsh Farm
Butterflies again were a notable diversion from the birds and huge numbers were on the wing in the heat of the day. These included: a Common Blue on No.4 tank, 50 Small Skipper, 100 Peacock, 120 Gatekeeper, 10 Small White, 1 Large White, 10 Small Tortoishell, 2 Comma, 1 Red Admiral and finally 50 Meadow Brown.
Observer and images: Tony Broome