A brief look over No.6 tank around lunch time resulted in the first Little Stint of the year and presumably the same bird that has been wintering out on the Mersey estuary? Also present were 2 Ruff, 20 Dunlin, Redshank and 10 Ringed Plover.
Observer: Frank Duff.
Alyn always conjures something from his magic bag of tricks with a pair of Egyptian Geese found by him initially on No.5 tank and then relocating to the flooded fields by Lordship Lane and the model aircraft flying field. The prospect of these birds arriving all the way from Africa must be stretching the bounds of possibility a tad. However, with a feral population in the Netherlands and pockets of breeding birds around the UK its probable that the latter options are highly likely their origins. The species does occasionally appear on the marsh and is thus eagerly accepted by those who enjoy year listing at Frodsham and within the county.
Observer: Alyn Chambers (image 2).
After a walk around Blakemere, Delamere Forest and seeing a solitary Mediterranean Gull we drove down to Frodsham Marsh. We then extended our ramble and included the mile and a half to Marsh Farm from Marsh Lane. Apart from a couple of singing Chiffchaff and Skylark on and over No.5 tank the north-westerly winds held up any summer migrants from passing through the marsh today. The only birds of note were the usual Ravens harassing a Common Buzzard and a couple of Meadow Pipits…Wrong turn and wrong decision when starting off.
After a relatively low-key bird watch I decided to capture some of Farmer Chris’ live (and dead) stock out in the field.
A Shepherd’s Purse.
Observers: Sparky, WSM (images 1, 3-8)