26.04.15. Frodsham Festival of Walks
After starting our Frodsham Festival of Walks first visit to Frodsham Marsh (a group of 28) on the motorway bridge at Brook Furlong Lane/Marsh Lane., we made our way along Moorditch Lane. Soon after we stopped off to pick up a singing Lesser Whitethroat probably the bird from yesterday. There were plenty of spring migrants about which were either passing through to the north or setting up their breeding patches.
The area of No.6 tank was a bit more productive today with a similar array of ducks and the wetter muddy margins held a small flock of Golden Plover ‘northern form’, 6 Dunlin and a solitary Black-tailed Godwit.
Moving further on we stopped to check the mitigation area on no.3 tank where 3 Avocet were still present, a flock of 16 Dunlin dropped in from the river and 6 Ringed Plover were busy chasing each other on the exposed muddy areas. A Whimbrel was heard whistling distantly but couldn’t be picked up.
A plentiful supply of Common Buzzards were a good indication to their success over the last few decades and Frodsham Marsh is one of its strongholds.
Following the track and circumnavigating No.6 tank we walked along Lordship Lane to the junction of Haresfinch, Moorditch and Lordship Lanes. The ploughed fields here attracted 4 Wheatear and a grassy field nearby held two more birds which allowed us to watch them closely.
A full list of the species encountered today include (not in any particular order): Song Thrush, Carrion Crow, Great Tit, Jackdaw, Magpie, Blue Tit, Starling, Chiffchaff, Rook, Raven, Blackbird, Chaffinch, Whitethroat, Wood Pigeon, Wren, Dunnock, Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Buzzard, Meadow Pipit, Shoveler, Teal, Grey Heron, Tufted Duck, Shelduck, Sand Martin, Mute Swan, Golden Plover, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit, Mallard, Lapwing, Pheasant, Avocet, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, Wheatear, Skylark, Ringer Plover, Whimbrel, Black-headed Gull, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Gadwall, Swallow, Oystercatcher, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk (disguised as a Cuckoo!), Cormorant, Reed Bunting, Linnet, Coot, Moorhen, Redshank, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Long-tailed Tit,
Marsh Harrier (after the group had departed and seen by Findlay and Heather Wilde)
Butterflies: Orange Tip, Large White, Comma, Tortoiseshell and Peacock.
Mammals: Rabbit, Stoat
Frodsham Festival of Walks Birders.
In the evening Sean managed to see 16 Golden Plover, 30 Dunlin, 8 Ringed plover, 2 Whimbrel and 2 White Wagtail.
3 Common Sandpiper were on the Weaver Bend. The male Marsh Harrier put in another appearance.
Observer: Sean O’Hara.