28 & 29.04.15. (Frodsham Festival of Walks) Birdlog

28.04.15. Birdlog

Small Copper Butterfly. Tony Broome

A male Marsh Harrier was seen several times around the area of No.6 tank and a Wheatear south of the tank.

Observer and image: Tony Broome.

29.04.15. Frodsham Festival of Walks


A 32 strong group of walkers joined me on an amble along Moorditch Lane, through the track on No.5 tank to the mitigation area on No.1 tank.

A small party of Golden Plover were settled into the wind on the edge of the flooded area of No.6 tank with half a dozen Dunlin. A group of 25 Ringed Plover flew in when the tide began to flood the river. Three Common Snipe and a flock of 40 Curlew flew over and out to the river. Shelduck numbers are gathering pace with 70 birds present on the open water. Common Teal have virtually departed the marsh except for a few pairs settled in the area. The Grey Heron was snuggled down low in its nest and barely revealed any of its body.

A Peregrine perched on the blue-topped chimney chose to sit on the outer lip and proved difficult to show or convince everybody that there was a bird there. A dozen Raven sailed through from mutton munching on Frodsham Score and headed south over the hills. A roost of 50 immature and sub-adult Great Black-backed Gulls with smaller numbers of Lesser Black-backs were roosting at dusk on the tank.

29.04.15. Frodsham Festival of Walks on Frodsham Marsh. copy

The group eventually reached the mitigation area and the stiff cold breeze kept most of the summer migrants low down in cover or simply remaining quiet. However, someone spotted the male Marsh Harrier quartering the reed beds on No.6 tank which saved the day.

Observers: Frodsham Festival of Walkers