18.07.15. Birdlog (WeBS Count)

18.07.15. Birdlog (WeBS Count)

18.07.15. Black-tailed Godwits, No.6 tank, frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

An impressive count of 1200 Black-tailed Godwits including a few small individuals. Also present were 78 Dunlin, 2 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper and 34 Redshank.

18.07.15. Black-tailed Godwits, No.6 tank, frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

Duck numbers were much reduced with a single Pochard, 114 Tufted Duck, 6 Gadwall, 23 Mallard and 6 Common Teal. A male Marsh Harrier was out and about the marsh giving some excellent views from both No.5 & 6 tanks.

18.07.15. female Kestrel, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Heather Wilde

18.07.15. male Marsh Harrier, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

The Weaver Estuary had small numbers of Common Shelduck but one pair had a crèche of 28 Shelducklings. 2 Common Sandpiper shared the river with small counts of Black-tailed Godwit and Redshank.

We all took part in the National Butterfly count today which included: 34 Gatekeeper, 3 Comma, 2 Red Admiral, 12 Meadow Brown, 5 Large Skipper, 3 Small White, 1 Large White, 6 Small Tortoiseshell and a single Peacock.

Observers: Heather, Findlay and Harvey Wilde (image 3), WSM (images 1-2 & 4))

17.07.15. Birdlog

17.07.15. Birdlog

17.07.15. Black-necked Grebe, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Greg BakerThe juvenile Black-necked Grebe was still showing well on No.6 tank but there was no sign of the Great White Egret. Also on No.6, around 150 Black-tailed Godwit were in the shallows by the water tower (most arrived from the Mersey estuary at around 8 am) but otherwise there were few waders, with just 3 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin and 6 Redshank along with the usual Lapwings. Ducks included 1 Wigeon, 11 Gadwall, 83 Tufted Duck and just 1 Pochard as well as a pair of Shelduck chaperoning 20 juveniles at various stages of development. There were also 2 Little Grebes plus 8 Whitethroats, 4 Blackcaps and a Chiffchaff were along the top track.

17.07.15. Black-necked Grebe, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Greg Baker

Early morning a female Marsh Harrier arrived from the west and continued flying over No.5 Tank before disappearing off towards the Weaver Bend.

An expedition down to the Weaver Bend paid off with the sighting of a pair of Avocet with 3 young chicks. 7 other adults were also here, plus a flock of 650 Black-tailed Godwit which were presumably those seen recently on No.6 Tank Other waders included a Green Sandpiper and 3 Common Sandpipers flushed from the river shoreline by the embankment. Another Shelduck crèche here was even bigger than the one on No.6, with an adult watching over 32 youngsters! Also on the river were 9 Little Grebe and 6 Great Crested Grebe.

A video by Greg of the Black–necked Grebe can be seen here: https://vimeo.com/133749769

Observer, video and images: Greg Baker

16.07.15. Birdlog

16.07.15. Birdlog

16.07.15. Black-necked Grebe (juvenile), No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (3)

A circular walk around the perimeter of No.6 tank after work and to keep an eye on the contractors forging ahead with their redevelopment of No.4 tank.

16.07.15. Ruff, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

37 Dunlin were all retaining their fine breeding plumage except for one individual. At least two moulting Ruff were hiding in the tall vegetation close to the drain towers overlooked by a Common Buzzard.

Black-tailed Godwit numbers were much reduced in numbers and perhaps the weekend tides may encourage those out on the river to enjoy the benefits of the flooded tank here. A juvenile Little Ringed Plover and a scattering of both Lapwing and Redshank made up the other species present.

16.07.15. Black-necked Grebe (juvenile), No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1)

The juvenile Black-necked Grebe gave some impressive views from the viewing area just up from the ramp. 120 Tufted Duck included a few Pochard, 1 Wigeon and 44 Common Teal.

16.07.15. Contractors on No.4 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (3)

Walking back along the track we found a dead Whitethroat with no obvious signs of its demise.

16.07.15. Reed Bunting (male), No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1)

16.07.15. No.6 tank looking North, Frodsham Marsh. Bill MortonNo.6 tank looking north from the south banks. 16.07.15. Contractors on No.4 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1) 16.07.15. Contractors on No.4 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2) 16.07.15. Contractors on No.4 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (4)

Black-necked Grebe video from this evening: https://vimeo.com/133698071

Observers: Sparky, WSM (and images).

14.07.15. Birdlog

14.07.15. Birdlog

14.07.15. Great White Egret, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Lee

14.07.15. Great White and Little Egret, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton.

The bird bonanza continues on No.6 tank with two new in Little Egret joining the Great White Egret for company.

14.07.15. juvenile Black-necked Grebe, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Lee14.07.15. Great White and Black-tailed Godwits, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1)

14.07.15. Contractors working on No.1 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2)Wader wise the Black-tailed Godwit flock were in lesser figures with 170 birds present. An increase of Redshank and 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper and a couple of Ruff adding a spice of variety.

The juvenile Black-necked Grebe was with the 134 Tufted Duck flock which also had 3 Wigeon, 10 Pochard and a selection of some more commoner species.

14.07.15. Willow Warbler (juvenile), No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2)

Observer: Paul Lee (images 1 & 3), WSM (images 2 & 4-6)

12.07.15. Birdlog

12.07.15. Birdlog

12.07.15. Great Black-backed Gull with Eel, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill morton (8)

Great views of the Black-necked Grebe were the main order of the day and it even swan out to the centre of the open water at the end of the watch.

12.07.15. Red Knot and Dunlin, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

There were hundreds of Black-tailed Godwit feeding on the tank (and some of the brightest coloured birds you can find anywhere), a solitary Ruff, 3 summer Knot and 34 Dunlin. A Green and Common Sandpiper were on the far bank, 7 Avocet were mixed up in amongst the godwits and Redshank.

12.07.15. Black-necked Grebe, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (4)

Ducks are the most dominant species on the flooded tank and with the re-emergence of two more Wigeon adding to the one from yesterday suggests they have been out on the estuary somewhere, 44 Common Teal, 12 Pochard, several Gadwall, numerous Mallard and 180 Tufted Duck (some with tuflings) make for the arrival of a Garganey all that much better.

12.07.15. Great White Egret, no.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill MortonThe Black Swans were still present and on the opposite of the plumage shade range was a stunning summer Great White Egret giving an excellent performance close to the track above No.6 tank. A short video showing the egret here: https://vimeo.com/133797068

A Great Black-backed Gull caused a bit of commotion when it dropped in and pick up an Eel from the shallow waters by the godwit flock.

12.07.15. Meadow Pipit, Frodsham Marsh. Sean O'Hara

Meadow Pipits were quite tame and perched for photographs on the fence posts. Several hundred Swift, 100 Sand Martin and a few Swallows were feeding over the water.

12.07.15. Black-tailed Godwit, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Crawley (4)

The Weaver Bend had a mix bag with 8 Avocet, 1 Common Sandpiper, 30 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Great Crested Grebe, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warblers calling, Common Whitethroat, Reed Bunting carrying food back, Goldfinch, Shelduck with lots of ducklings one brood of 18, 4 Oystercatcher, 3 Redshank, Male Marsh Harrier over Redwall reedbed.

12.07.15. Small Skipper, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Crawley (2)

Butterflies included: 1 Common Blue Damselfly, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, dozens of Meadow Brown butterflies and Gatekeepers a few Small tortoiseshell, Small White and 1 Small Skipper.

12.07.15. Shelduck and young, Manchester Ship Canal, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston (2)

Observers: Alyn Chambers, Paul Crawley (image 7), Frank Duff, Arthur Harrison, Sean O’Hara (5-6), Paul Ralston (image 8), Heather and Findlay Wilde (image 3) and WSM (images 1-2 & 4 & video).

11.07.15. Birdlog

11.07.15. Birdlog

11.07.15. Black-necked Grebe (juvenile), No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Crawley

I was in work today but I received a text from Paul and Frank about a Black-necked Grebe that Paul had found on No.6 tank, ably assisted by Mark Payne. It was a long wait but I eventually managed to get there just before the rain started to fall. I managed to relocate the grebe when the others had left the marsh and it was swimming out into the middle of the tank.

11.07.15. Great White Egret, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

A Great White Egret was feeding in the tall flooded vegetation on six with a couple of Grey Heron for company. The graceful plumes were catching the breeze giving the creature an elegant look compared to the brute that appears out on Frodsham Score in the winter months.

11.07.15. Wigeon, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

The duck numbers from last evening were again present with c200 Tufted Duck, 12 Common Pochard, Common Teal, Mallard and a Wigeon.

The male Marsh Harrier moved through the area.

The Black-tailed Godwit flock was again present and with a couple of Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 2 summer Knot and a small group of Dunlin added to an already bumber crop of birds

A few hundred Swift were forced low by the increasing rain and were snapping midges just above the track as I walked back to my car.

Observers: Paul Crawly (image 1), Frank Duff, WSM  (images 2-3).

10.07.15. Birdlog

10.07.15. Birdlog

10.07.15. Tufted Ducks, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2)

No 6 Tank: 1 eclipse drake Wigeon, 79 Shelduck, 12 Teal, 15 Pochard, 183 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 478 Black-tailed Godwit, 100+ Swift, 1 Sand Martin, 2 Sedge Warblers, 3 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap and 1 Chiffchaff.

10.07.15. Tufted Ducks, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1)
Weaver Bend: 65 Shelduck (plus lots of ducklings, many diving for food), 70 Tufted Duck, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Oystercatchers, 14 Avocet, 15 Black-tailed Godwits, 61 Redshanks, 5 Common Sandpipers, 50+ Swifts and 1 Sedge Warbler.

Observer: Greg Baker.

10.07.15. Raven, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

We dropped in on the marsh late in the day and managed a walk along the track above No.6 tank and with some of Greg’s sightings we added 43 Raven leaving Frodsham Score and heading south east over Fox Hill. Also a female Marsh Harrier and singing Lesser Whitethroat along Moorditch Lane.

10.07.15. Black-tailed Godwit, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

10.07.15. Track on No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill MortonA couple of images showing the newly installed gate at the junction of No’s 6, 5 and 3 tanks.

10.07.15. New access road on No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

Also a distant view of the recently laid service track that dissects No.5 tank and accessing No.1 tank (if any of that makes sense?)

Observers: Sparky, WSM (and images).

09.07.15. Birdlog

09.07.15. Birdlog

09.07.15. Black-tailed Godwits, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (3)

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.

09.07.15. No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2)

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.

09.07.15. Black-tailed Godwits, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1)

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.

09.07.15. Black Swans, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

A couple of Black Swan were also here with half a dozen Mute Swan.

09.07.15. Kestrel (female) with prey, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (13)

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).

08.07.15.Birdlog

08.07.15.Birdlog

28.03.15. Ruff and Lapwing, No.3 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2)

Return shorebird migration included 4 Ruff, 6 Avocet,10 Curlew and a solitary Dunlin. There were lots of Black-tailed Godwit including the colour ringed bird seen previously. Three Common Gull in the Black-headed Gull flock were also returning from their breeding grounds elsewhere.

Observer: Sean O’Hara.

Image: WSM