24.04.15. Birdlog

24.04.16. Birdlog
24.04.15. Whimbrel, No.3 tank, frodsham Marsh. Alyn Chambers
This afternoon on the marsh and there were 2 Avocet and a Whimbrel on the mitigation area. While No.6 tank had 2 Little Ringed Plover, 18 Golden Plover, 3 Yellow Wagtail and 4 White Wagtail.
There was also 4 Wheatear on No.1 tank and 2 more Little Ringed Plover were present over on the Weaver Bend.
Observer and image: Alyn Chambers.

18, 20 & 21.04.15. Birdlog

23.04.15. Whitethroat and Whinchat, No.3 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston

18.04.15 Birdlog

Out this morning along the Manchester Ship Canal around No.4 and 6 tanks.

Blackcaps were the most vocal along the canal path with smaller numbers of Chiffchaff heard and seen. 3 Wheatear were sat on driftwood on the waterside while good numbers of Sand Martin hawked overhead.

23.04.15. Eygptian Geese, Frodsham Score, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston

23.04.15. Avocets, No.3 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Paul RalstonOut on Frodsham Score salt marsh and 2 Egyptian Geese were sat amongst the Canadian and Greylags and then flew west along the river.

Reed and Sedge Warbler were singing in the reeds at the edge of No.4 and a Fox crossed my path only to disappear over the bank. 2 Avocet were on the mitigation pool as were good numbers of Shoveler, Mallard, Teal, Gadwall and 2 Shelduck. The Grey Heron sat tight on its nest on No.6 and was joined by its mate as a Cormorant sat close by. A party of 11 Mute Swan were on the water and a Common Sandpiper flew along the bank.

23.04.15. Fox, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston

On to Lordship Lane and Common Whitethroat were more vocal of the birds present and 2 male Whinchat were fly-catching from the hawthorn bushes near the model flying field. A pair of Kestrel were copulating close to the owl box near the blue storage tank and Common Buzzard were displaying over head.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.

20th & 21st

A Cuckoo seen near the secluded pool at the corner of No.6 tank (where the road bends round to the mitigation pools).

Observer: Jean Roberts.

19.04.15. Birdlog

19.04.15. Birdlog (WeBS Count)
19.04.15. Golden Plovers, Curlew et al, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Heather Wilde
It was total gridlock on the marsh this morning. A group from RSPB Southport were doing the circuit (and had spotted 3 Wheatear which we never saw), as well as numerous ramblers, dog walkers and birders.  The banks were alive with birdsong; Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Sedge Warbler and a Reed Warbler all competing with each other and a Skylark climbing high trilling above them all.
23.04.15. male Marsh Harrier, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Heather WildeThe mitigation tank held 2 stunning male Shoveler, Coots, Mallards, Teal, Shelduck, Oystercatchers and a Whimbrel (which later flew on to No.6 Tank).
The male Marsh Harrier was quartering No.6 tank and then flew off towards the Weaver Bend straight over our heads! 6 Buzzard were riding the thermals high over the chimneys on the Helsby side, as small flocks of birds started to fly in escaping the high tide.
19.04.15. Golden Plovers, No.6 tank, frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome
No.6 tank held the main even though today with 74 Black-tailed Godwit, 16 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 8 Golden Plover, 9 Dunlin, 67 Teal, 35 Tufted Duck, 5 Redshank, 2 Greylag Geese, 1 Snipe and a nesting Grey Heron pair. Also present were Mute Swans, Shelduck, Cormorants, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Canada Geese and Mallards.
A flock of about 50 Curlew circled the tank but didn’t settle. There was also a Yellow Wagtail feeding on the mud at the waters edge on the tank.  About 50 Swallows, 2 House Martins and 2 Sand Martins were feeding over the water.
Observers: Findlay and Heather Wilde (images 1-2).
19.04.15. Oystercatcher pair, Pumping Station, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome
Some additional and some overlapping sightings involved:
A very cold day but a few bits and pieces. Heather got some nice pictures including the male Marsh Harrier over No.6 tank. I saw the f/imm bird over No.4 onto 6.
Frodsham Score had 30+ Raven and 4 Buzzard. The Whimbrel on No.6 tank flew over me towards there whilst I was on No.3 tank. 23 Oystercatcher on the Score plus a pair at the Pumping Station.
11 Sand Martin and 2 Swallow on a fence opposite the Pumping Station. 10+ Swallow south over No.6 tank.
1 Common Snipe at the Canal Pools. Also a male Wigeon on the Score.
Out of the 74 (Heather’s count) Black-tailed Godwit on No.6 tank, two were colour-ringed. I couldn’t make out one of them, but the other was pale green over black above knee left leg, blue over red above knee right leg.
Observer: Tony Broome (images 3-4)