04.04.15. Birdlog

04.04.15. Birdlog

04.04.15. Drake Tufted Duck, No.6 Tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

A lot of foot work this morning for little reward but we have to take the good times as and when they come. A walk along the track above No.6 tank and out to the mitigation at No.3 tank was more for its health properties than the birds. After that, a tramp over to Lordship Marsh to see if the exotic waterfowl were still about after yesterdays visit draw a blank. The whole marsh had an air of the Mary Celeste about it.

04.04.15. Reed Bunting singing, Lordship Lane, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

A further extended hike along Brook Furlong Lane via Redwall reedbed and the Weaver Bend fared much better with 200 Tufted Duck, 9 Pochard, 10 Goldeneye, 2 drake Wigeon, 14 Gadwall, 12 Mallard and an assortment of Oystercatcher, Redshank and Lapwing plus 4 displaying Common Buzzard and a over flying Peregrine adding life back to the marsh.

04.04.15. Ruff, No.6 Tnk, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

Spurred on and encouraged by this,  I continued my walk along Brook Furlong Lane back to No.6 tank where Frank was stationed. Two Little Stint, 6 Dunlin and 5 Ringed Plover were with the 4 Ruff from earlier and presumably the stints, dunlin and plovers had come in with the tide.

04.04.15. Lessr celendine, Moorditch Lane, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

Ducks on the tank included 167 Common Teal, 8 Tufted Duck, 12 Common Shelduck, 23 Mallard and 4 Gadwall. No.3 tank had nesting Lapwing and 2 Ringed Plover as yet unpaired.

A Peacock Butterfly and Lesser celandine in flower were both in the ditch bordering Moorditch Lane where earlier a flash of azure indicated the presence of a Kingfisher and the first singing Blackcap was heard warbling in the hawthorns close by with an influx of Chiffchaffs.

A Cetti’s Warbler shot off a blast of song at an undisclosed site which rounded off a mixed fortunes kind of day.

Observers: Arthur Harrison, Frank Duff, Idris and Jacqui Roberts, Sean O’Hara, WSM (and images).