A quick dash to No.6 tank while the taters were roasting and the turkey was being basted. Despite the wall to wall sunshine forecast on the BBC this quickly materialised into a cold wind with rain and hail. Most of the birdlife on the marsh was hunkered down in whatever shelter they could find. We did eventually get the wall to wall sunshine in the afternoon by which time, I was wearing my Christmas (Emporio Primarni) jumper in the warmth of the indoors and writing up this festive day post.
A Kestrel was perched up on a post on No.5 tank and was reluctant to move in the rain and wind so it provided a good opportunity to get a shot of it. A small flock of 20 Chaffinch were in the elder bushes alongside the track and a cloud of several hundred Lapwing rose up from No.3 tank.
A (dead) drowned rat on the track was a metaphor for my being after being caught out in the rain and hail and the inserted picture is best viewed well after your dinner.
No.6 tank held a flock of 93 Common Teal with a couple of Shoveler with 20 Common Shelduck and 23 Redshank. With no activity on the local tips a few Herring, Great Black-backed, Lesser Black-backed, Common and Black-headed Gulls were riding out the storm on the water of the tank.
Observer: WSM (and images).
A Birders Map to Frodsham Marsh (Updated for 2015)