Having spent the afternoon at Parkgate watching a young Marsh Harrier, a Great White Egret, loads of Little Egret, stalking Grey Heron and 6 Greenshank and sharing some of our time in good company with Elliot Monteith aka http://www.birdboy101.co.uk/ , Nigel, Heather, Harley and Findlay Wilde aka http://wildeaboutbirds.blogspot.co.uk/ who were doing a sterling job volunteering for the RSPB.
On our way back, I received a text message from Sean who had just found a couple of Common Crane on the mitigation area of No.3 tank and were still there and happily feeding. The traffic on the M53 was beginning to snarled up with the Wales weekend traffic so a bit of logical thinking on Sparky’s part and we were soon relocated onto the M56 and hightailing it off at the next junction (14). Arriving on Frodsham Marsh we parked up and walked along the track with Sean’s figure appearing ahead and looking like he was still looking through his scope.
Within five minutes of arriving and viewing both began to sprint behind the earthen mounds and took to the wing with laboured wingbeats. Soon both were sailing over the Manchester Ship Canal to the west and appeared to dropped behind the score banks and out of sight. It is possible these were the two seen flying southeast in Cumbria at midday?
Common Crane video here: https://vimeo.com/141341019
Observers: Sean O’Hara, Sparky, WSM (images 1-4 and video).
Earlier in the day : 6 Avocet were out on the Mersey estuary at low tide.
2 Mistle Thrush briefly landed in the trees on the east side of No. 1 tank before continuing north along with 3 Collared Dove and a Grey Wagtail. A further Mistle Thrush flew west along Moorditch Lane.
No.6 tank held 4 Pochard, 5 Wigeon and 15 Pintail among the usual ducks.
2 Coal Tit moved south passed the Splashing Pool along with 3 Swallow and a few Skylarks. Also present there were a Reed Warbler, a Blackcap and 2 Song Thrush.
Another 3 Coal Tit worked there way east along the south bank of No. 4 tank, where there was also a male Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Greenfinch, a Blackcap and a Snipe which burst out of the ditch. A female Great Spotted Woodpecker was later by the sludge pipe in the NW corner of No. 6 tank.
The Weaver Bend had a Common Sandpiper, a Grey Wagtail and 12 more Swallow flying south.
Also seen across the Marsh were 3 Jays, 10 Goldcrests and a Sparrowhawk.
Observer: Alyn Chambers (image 5).