A ‘reeling’ Grasshopper Warbler in the shrubs alongside the tracks on No.5 tank and above No.6 tank was a gentle introduction into a fine evenings birding out on Frodsham Marsh.
The flooded area of the tank below where the ‘gropper’ sang was alive with birds not least 700-800 Black-tailed Godwits and many in the finest of summer plumages. 20 Avocet, 12 Redshank and a scattered flock of Lapwing.
Duck numbers look healthy here with the prominent species being Tufted including a duck with 8 tufflings in tow. 23 Common Teal, 14 Common Pochard, Common Shelduck and Mallard added to the selection.
A couple of Black Swan were also here with half a dozen Mute Swan.
A female Kestrel was feasting out on a juvenile Skylark perched on a post alongside the track on No.5 tank.
A tatty Painted Lady and a pair of Red Admiral in the act of procreation were along the newly layed track on No.5 tank.
The contractors were fixing up a gate at the area of the mitigation and across the track there.
Observers: Roger Wilkinson, WSM (and images).