07.06.15. Frodsham Marsh Wind Farm (change to track at No.3 tank)

07.06.15. Wind Farm (change to track at No.3 tank)

06.06.15. No.3 tank (track change eastside), Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (3)

This week Peel Energy’s contractors altered the track at the south-east corner of No.3 tank where it takes a sharp bend to the left, from where the track leads to the eastern side of No.4 tank. Although not a radical charge it’s a change nonetheless, I have included some images just to Illustrate the area. It also appears that the bend in the track is at a higher elevation than previously and provides a better view over the mitigation area. Peel Energy have even created their own web site here http://www.frodshamwindfarm.co.uk/

06.06.15. No.3 tank (track change eastside), Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (8)
06.06.15. No.3 tank (track change eastside), Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (6)06.06.15. No.3 tank (track change eastside), Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (11)09.06.15. New track layout No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2)09.06.15. New track layout No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1)

07.06.15. Birdlog

07.06.15. Birdlog

07.06.15. Heather Wilde Frodsham Birds (9)

We did manage a last minute trip there this morning, although I am really not sure how this counts as the exam revision he is supposed to be doing!!!! Boys eh!
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We started off at the Weaver Bend and were greeted by a flock of about 400 Black-tailed Godwit which had just taken flight. A Oystercatcher was calling noisily from somewhere and the Shelduck were guarding burrows on the far bank. There was a single Pochard on the water in amongst the Tufted Duck. Hundreds of Swift were feeding over the water and the fields.  Reed Buntings were again showing really well, along with Sedge and Reed Warblers.
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07.06.15. Heather Wilde Frodsham Birds (10)
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Fin caught a fleeting glimpse of a Little Gull heading up river, but it disappeared over the bank at the far end before he could draw breath and tell me about it!
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There was a Little Ringer Plover feeding in the pools in the field next to the bend and 2 Grasshopper Warbler were ‘reeling’. One from the fence in the field and the other from a small shrub on the river bank.  Cuckoos were sadly not seen or heard.
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07.06.15. Heather Wilde Frodsham Birds (11)
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The mitigation tank was quiet and the usual suspects were on No.6 Tank; Black-headed Gulls, Shelduck, Canada Geese, Grey Heron. However a pair of Yellow Wagtail flew over the bank right next to us and landed in the middle of No.6.  On the pipe side of No.6 a Ringer Plover chick was feeding recklessly in the open as some rather menacing gulls circled over head. An adult Ringer Plover was feeding in the puddles of No4 Tank.
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A very pale fronted Buzzard was on the fence along Lordship Lane but it tool flight as we approached and then followed us all the way along the lane.
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Observers: Findlay and Heather Wilde (images 1 – 4).
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07.06.15. Heather Wilde Frodsham Birds (12)
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An Avocet joined the 3 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ringed Plover and 10 Black-tailed Godwit all from the mitigation area on o.3 tank.
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A Little Ringed Plover was at the Shooters’ pools while a pair of Marsh Harrier were over No.4 tank.
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Observers: Sean O’Hara with additional sightings by Sparky and WSM.
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07.06.15. Frodsham birds, Paul Ralston (9)
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An evening walk around No.6 and along the River Weaver. The Black Swan was amongst the Mute’s on the river with several Great Crested Grebe where one particular grebe was struggling with a large fish it had caught. The bird dived on several occasions to avoid the attentions of the many Black-head Gulls intent on robing it of its catch.
07.06.15. Frodsham birds, Paul Ralston (7)
The air was full of Swifts and smaller numbers of House and Sand Martins. There were 4 off road bikes which disturbed the peace and quiet as they rode the riverside  path and made their way to Brook Furlong Lane. Reed and Sedge Warbler were singing in the bankside vegetation and Goldfinch and Whitethroat were feeding their fledged young in the hedgerows.
07.06.15. Frodsham birds, Paul Ralston (8)
No.6 held many Shelduck with Mallard, Tufted and Gadwall amongst them. the mitigation pools held 8 Black-tailed Godwit several Ringed Plover, a single Redshank and Lapwing.
The male Marsh Harrier was over No.4 as were 3 Common Buzzard and a Sparrowhawk.
07.06.15. Frodsham birds, Paul Ralston (6)
Along Lordship Lane the Lapwings were agitated by me walking by and flew within a couple of feet of my head. The bank on No.6 was full of hawking Swift, Swallow and House Martin but the hoped for Hobby didn’t show.
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Observer: Paul Ralston (images 5 – 8)