19.10.14. Birdlog

19.10.14. Birdlog

09.11.13. Great White Egret, Frodsham Score. Bill Morton.

The two Great White and 4 Little Egret on Frodsham Score this morning won’t know what’s about to hit them come Tuesday when the last throes of ex-hurricane speedy Gonzalo will batter the marsh.

Observer: Paul Ralston

Meanwhile on No.6 tank Arthur H had 6 Greenshank.

At a site to the east of the marsh a rare Treecreeper was a surprise find while a Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail and Chiffchaff were also seen.

Observer: Frank Duff.

Image by WSM.


18.10.14. Birdlog

18.10.14. Birdlog winter female Stonechat, Redwall reedbed, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome.

18.10.14. male Stonechat, Redwall reedbed, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome.Another early weekend start saw us checking the high tide roost on No.6 tank. There was the usual flock of Lapwing here reaching a total of 340 birds (per Jean Roberts).

The two Little Stint continue to be found with, 16 Ruff, 15 Golden Plover and 100 Dunlin. Sharing the same area of mud was a flock of 80 Linnet.

Out on the flooded area were 120 Common Teal, 2 Pintail and 34 Tufted Duck.

18.10.14. Stolt Petrel, Manchester Ship Canal, Frodsham Marsh. Bill MortonA brief look over Marsh Farm was not up to the effort but a male and female Stonechat along the pipeline on No.1 tank were possibly the same pair at Redwall reedbed later in the day. Although the farm area its self didn’t produce much we did encounter a petrel on the ship canal.

18.10.14. Red-legged Partridges, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

Along Brook Furlong Lane a covey of 15 Red-legged Partridge were a little foolish walking along the pot-holed track and were nearly ambushed by a couple of Stoat.

Redwall reedbed had a pair of Stonechat which may have been the birds seen earlier? While out on the Weaver estuary 3 Great Crested and 14 Little Grebe, 320 Tufted Duck and the first Goldeneye ( 2 female types) of the autumn were in with the Tufted Duck flock.

Moving across the marsh and sentinel like we watched over Frodsham Score from the north-east corner of No.4 tank. A Whooper Swan was favouring a quiet corner on the salt marsh and 4 Little and 2 Great White Egret were out on the marsh towards Ince marshes. Other birds of note were a mixed flock of feeding Black-tailed Godwit and Curlew numbering 1000 birds.

The industrial blast of a Cetti’s Warbler was heard at the eastern side of the marsh where there was also a Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kingfisher and a Collared Dove.

The mild weather still encourages the emergence of butterflies with a couple of Red Admiral and a Small Tortoisehell, Common Darter and Migrant Hawker Dragonflies were also seen.

Observers: Tony Broome (images 1&2), Frank Duff, WSM (images 3&4).

Video link of the male Stonechat at Redwall reedbed…http://vimeo.com/109384013

17.10.14. Birdlog

17.10.14. Birdlog

17.10.14. Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston.

17.10.14. Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston. IMG_7930

Out this morning with Stewart along the Holpool Gutter, MSC and back down Lordship Lane which produced the following:  juvenile Marsh Harrier alongside the gutter and over No.4 tank. 2 Green Sandpiper flushed by a sailing narrow boat on the ship canal. 4 Little Grebe also on the canal. The ‘Splashing Pool’ held only 2 Coot, 2 Little Grebe and a single Moorhen . A  male Kestrel was given a hard time by 6 Carrion Crows and a Sparrowhawk was also in the area. Back at the car a male Stonechat sat on the fence and a Kingfisher was heard calling below somewhere on the gutter.

Observers: Paul Ralston (and images), Stuart Clubbe.

1 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Bullfinch and Goldcrest along Brook Furlong Lane.

Observer: Frank Duff.

16.10.14. Birdlog

16.10.14. Birdlog

1.10.14. Little Egrets, No5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

16 Ruff and 2 juvenile Little Stint were present on No.6 tank until dusk. 120 Lapwing, 12 Golden Plover and 4 Little Egret were forced in by the rising tide.

The ever present assembly of ducks again included the Teal with 67 present. 6 Common Shelduck, 3 Shoveler, 40 Tufted Duck, 6 Gadwall and 2 drake Pochard.

A pair of Stonechat were along the pipes on no.1 tank.

At dusk a Cetti’s Warbler fired off a short burst of song to end the day.

Observers: Frank Duff, Sparky, WSM (and images).

Additionally 87 Redwing flew over Runcorn Hill and a Chiffchaff was still present (WSM).

15.10.14. Birdlog

15.10.14. Birdlog

30.07.14. Juvenile Marsh Harrier, No.4 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston

The juvenile Marsh Harrier continues to be seen on the marsh and it appeared on No.6 this morning (FD). Presumably the same bird was perched in a hedgerow and seen by Rake Lane from the M56 motorway at 4.30 pm (Shaun Hickey).

A Cetti’s Warbler was again vocal at a site on the marsh. 2 Water Rail, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and 11 Redwing were nearby to keep it company.

A Stonechat favoured No.1 tank while along the River Weaver 8 Snipe and a Green Sandpiper were flushed by shooters on the aptly named Shooters’ pools.

Observer: Frank Duff.

Image: Paul Ralston.

Additionally, 30 Redwing and 2 Chiffchaff were on Runcorn Hill (WSM).

13.10.14. Birdlog

13.10.14. Birdlog

12.10.14. Great White Egret, Frodsham Score. Bill MortonA quick walk mid morning along the Manchester Ship Canal and Holpool Gutter produced just one of the Great White Egret and a single Little Egret on the score.

Jack Snipe flushed from the Canal path flew a short distance and landed after 20 yards only to be flushed again. Both Grey wagtail and Kingfisher were about the gutter near to the Growhow works and a male Sparrowhawk was on pallets at the pallet yard.

Observer: Paul Ralston.

I was keen to get down to the marsh after work and I was hopeful the rain would hold back long enough for me to get some birding done. As soon as I arrived at the ramp by No.6 tank the rain began and continued until I left…Birds just have to sit it out and so should me. A Golden Plover joined the small Lapwing flock facing the stiff NE breeze with heads down and shoulders hunched up. The (12) Ruff always appear frantic when they are feeding and these birds were no exception with the flock feeding one moment then flying ahead of each other to get to the best feeding spots.

3 Pintail, 8 Gadwall, 12 Tufted Duck, 32 Common Teal and 23 Mallard were out on the open water.

Observer and image: WSM

12.10.14. Birdlog

12.10.14. Birdlog

12.10.14. Misty Weaver estuary, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome.

12.10.14. Misty estuary, Frodsham Marsh. Tony BroomeAnother early start with the River Weaver shrouded in fog adding a mystic feel to the morning.

Out on the Mersey estuary an Avocet was feeding with Common Shelduck(FD).

2 Great White Egret were again on Frodsham Score (David Bedford).

At a location on the eastern side of the marsh a Cetti’s Warbler was actively calling.

Observer: Frank Duff

12.10.14. Stonechat (male), Lordship Lane, rodsham Marsh. Tony Broome

40 Linnet, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Blackbird, 25 Reed Bunting were at the I.C.I tank, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Sparrowhawk over the (old log) south-east corner of No.1 tank. The juvenile Marsh Harrier appeared over Redwall reedbed, 20 Skylark in a rough field behind ‘the Lum’.

12.10.14. Stonechat (female), Lordship Lane, frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome.

2 Stonechat (1m,1f) around track at entrance to flying field and 30 Skylark in a stubble field off Lordship Lane (another 2 were on No.4 tank (DB). Over on No.6 tank 15 Reed Bunting were along the banks.
2 Wheatear on the banks off Frodsham Score opposite the north-east corner of No.4 tank.
Tony broome.
Other notable exceptions to the avian kind included: 4 Red Admiral, 2 Small Tortoishell, and 2 Comma, 4 Migrant Hawker and a Common Darter.

Observer and 1-5 images: Tony Broome.


12.10.14. Mute Swans, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

A flock of 58 Skylark were obviously migrating over the marsh at dusk so it may be worth vismiging in the evenings. I think I may try this again over the next week.

12.10.14. Kingfisher, No.6 tank, frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

Also at dusk No.6 tank held 175 Tufted Duck, 4 Shoveler, 3 Pintail and 87 Common Teal. 11 Ruff, 34 Lapwing and a male Kingfisher were noted.

Observer: Sparky, WSM (and images 6-7).