17.10.15. Birdlog

17.10.15. Birdlog

17.10.15. Pink-footed Goose over Redwall reed bed, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome

17.10.15. Chiffchaff, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome

No sign of either the Red-necked Grebe or Great Grey Shrike today.

There were many birders out and about on the marsh looking for the shrike and the Red-necked Grebe. Good to see so many newcomers here.

A skein of 10 Pink-footed Goose flew low over Brook Furlong Lane at dawn and later another skein of 84 flew from the south-west to the north-east. The Weaver Estuary had 6 Great Crested and 12 Little Grebe with 12 Pochard and 89 Tufted Duck.

17.10.15. male Stonechat, Marsh Farm, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

2 pairs of Stonechat were along the Weaver Causeway with a pair at Marsh Farm.

17.10.15. The Lum, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome

17.10.15. Grey Heron, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome (1)

Birds out on the Mersey Estuary from Marsh Farm included 3 Avocet, 200 Black-tailed Godwit etc. Frodsham Score had a couple of Little and a Great White Egret.

No.6 tank featured a Spotted Redshank, 100 Shoveler, 400 Common Teal, Mallard, 12 Gadwall, 78 Tufted Duck and 5 Pintail.

Other birds of note included: a flock of Siskin at the CEGB pools, 4 Mistle Thrush, a Bullfinch, a Tree Sparrow south of No.4 tank and a flock Fieldfare over Brook Furlong Lane and later with Redwing over I.C.I tank.

Observers: Tony Broome (images 1-2&4-5), Frank Duff, Sean O’Hara, Phil Oddy, WSM (image 3) et al..

16.10.15. Birdlog

16.10.15. Birdlog

Frodsham Marsh map. Updated Feb'15

The Great Grey Shrike was again present today in fields adjacent to Brook Furlong Lane. Initially relocated by Don Weedon then seen later by Frank Duff. The bird is (apparently) in splendid plumage but wandering widely.

If you take the opportunity and visit the marsh tomorrow, please bear in mind that particular area could be used by the Hovercraft company and the pheasant/game shooters.

Park on Marsh Lane and follow the road over the motorway bridge and continue straight ahead. Follow the pot-holed track looking for the shrike to your right and particularly where the green box (old birdlog) is nailed to the telegraph pole. Hopefully the Red-necked Grebe will be available to view on the river further along the track.

15.10.15. Birdlog

15.10.15. Birdlog

15.10.15. Great Grey Shrike, I,C.I tank, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Miller

When I was walking back last night along Redwall reed bed field in the semi dark having just dipped on the Red-necked Grebe for the umpteen time. I was musing and looking east to the hedgerows bordering the Shooters’ fields and I thought “wouldn’t it be good to see a Great Grey Shrike here”.

A message link via twitter and news that a Great Grey Shrike had been seen on the marsh today was very interesting. Anyway, a Great Grey Shrike was spotted by Peter Haslam, Paul Miller et al and again on the wooded I.C.I tank by Rob Shelton a few hours later. They also saw the Red-necked Grebe so a big result for them. Suffice to say both were not available for viewing after I left work. These things are sent to test us.

The Great White Egret was seen from Hale out on Frodsham Score.

Image by Paul Miller

14.10.15. Birdlog

14.10.15. Birdlog

14.10.15. Whooper Swans, Weaver Bend, frodsham Marsh. Paul Lee

14.10.15. Whooper Swans, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (17)

There isn’t much time to do a birdwatch after work and the light fades fast in mid October but the temptation to look over No.6 tank was needed. I pitched up half way along the top banks of No.6 tank looking south to the open water below. The Whooper Swans from two days ago were still present minus the third bird.

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

14.10.15. Spotted Redshank, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton.

The water level here is much reduced and a Spotted Redshank and Ruff feeding in the shallow edges was very encouraging for the weekends WeBS count here. With the shallow water most of the ducks started to become more obvious and were forced from the Michaelmas daisy beds onto the open areas. Common Teal were by far the most numerous species with in excess of 1,000 birds, followed by Tufted Duck with 120, then 100 Shoveler and lesser numbers of Wigeon, Pintail, Gadwall, Mallard and Pochard.

14.10.15. Moorhen in elder tree, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton.Four Moorhen were perched at the top of the highest Elder berry shrub and all were happily feasting out its berries while 6 Blue Tit were weaving in and out to pick off the harder to reach ones.

A couple of Common Snipe and 400 Black-headed Gulls were also noted.

The ramp track gorse and hawthorn trees had a Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch and a couple of Goldcrest. The first Redwing and Fieldfare of the autumn were moving through along Moorditch Lane. Mistle Thrush numbers have increased from zero to four birds.

The Weaver Estuary had a pair of Mandarin Duck and the elusive Red-necked Grebe (DGW) was again seen albeit briefly ( a tough nut to crack this one-my 3rd attempt and 3rd fail).

Walking back from Redwall reed bed to Brook Furlong Lane a Pipistrelle Bat was flying above my head.

Observers: Don Weedon, WSM (images 2-5). Image 1 by Paul Lee.

12.10.15. Birdlog

12.10.15. Birdlog

08.12.12. Whooper Swans, No 6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. WSM.An afternoon walk down to the Weaver Bend and along to No.6 tank and the Manchester Ship Canal path as far as the Holpool Gutter produced: the Red-necked Grebe from yesterday was again present and visible on the far bank where 10 Little Grebe and 2 Great Crested Grebe were also on the water. 2 Kestrel and 3 Common Buzzard were hunting along the banks and a male Stonechat sat on top of a nearby bush. At the top of the ramp to No.6 a Merlin could be seen in hot pursuit of a small bird and flew within feet of the contractors working on the construction of the turbine sub station.

04.03.13. Stonechat (male), Frodsham Marsh. Stuart Maddocks

25.08.12. Raven and Peregrine sparring over Frodsham Score. Paul Crawley (4)The waters on No.6 held good numbers of wildfowl with Common Teal, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Mallard, Shoveler and several Mute Swan with 3 Whooper Swan dropping in to join them. A Sparrowhawk flew over the tank to hunt the bushes on the far side and scattered a flock of Goldfinch. On to the canal path and at least 15 Raven were playing in the breeze over the salt marsh and more were feeding on a sheep carcase along with a couple of buzzard. A young Peregrine seemed to enjoy flying at the corvids forcing them to rise to meet the falcons challenge before settling back to feed. This action was repeated several more times. A Little Egret made its way along the ship canal and over to Frodsham Score. As I was walking back along No.5 and above No.6 tank the 3 Whoopers were fast asleep after their long journey.

Observer: Paul Ralston.

Images: WSM (image 1), Stuart Maddocks (image 2) & Paul Crawley (image 3)

11.10.15. Birdlog

11.10.15. Birdlog

11.10.15. female Great Spotted Woodpecker, Frodsham Marsh. Shaun Hickey

11.10.15. fRed-necked Grebe (partial summer), Frodsham Marsh. Shaun Hickey11.10.15. Partial summer Red-necked Grebe, Frodsham Marsh. Shaun HickeyI met Paul Kurs on the motorway bridge at 9 am, we struck off on foot down to the River Weaver opposite Redwall reed bed on our way to the Weaver Bend.

On route were 150 lapwing in the ploughed field on the right of Brook Furlong Lane, the usual Dunnock, Robin and Blackbird were plentiful.

We were followed by a female Great Spotted Woodpecker going from telegraph pole to telegraph pole.

Once on the ‘bend’ the usual Tufted Duck and a couple of Great Crested Grebe were present, suddenly, out of the reed bed under our feet a bird flew low scraping the water heading across the river.  Once it settled we had it in our binoculars and looked at each other and both said Red-necked Grebe (images 2-3) a bird in partial summer plumage! We watched it for 10-15 minutes and it looked quite settled feeding away.

11.10.15. female Pink-footed Geese, Frodsham Marsh. Shaun Hickey

After leaving the ‘bend’ we headed towards Marsh Farm.  Usual birds on route mostly Goldfinch and Meadow Pipit.

A large skein of Pink-footed Geese were heading over towards the Mersey Estuary.

Over on Frodsham Score was a Merlin being harassed by a Kestrel. Lots of Lapwing and a small flock of Black-tailed Godwit were spooked by the Merlin.

We back tracked to the motorway bridge for a drink and then headed to No.6 tank. A quick scan on the water were large numbers of Tufted Duck, Common Teal, Shoveller, a couple of Pintail and Pochard.

Looking across No.3 tank a Sparrowhawk was noted and also another Merlin. We then looked out across the estuary where a Peregrine was keeping the Lapwing flocks mobile.

All in all a great mornings birding!

Observers Shaun Hickey (all images), Paul Kurs.

11.10.15. Merlin and Lapwing flock, frodsham Score, Frodsham Marsh. Shaun Hickey

The WeBS count was kindly made by Macduff today and included: 210 Tufted Duck, 80 Shoveler, 20 Pintail, 1000 Common Teal, 21 Gadwall, 6 Common Pochard, 20 Wigeon, 20 Common Shelduck, 18 Mallard, 12 Mute Swan 12 Coot and 6 Moorhen.

Observer: Frank Duff.

There is approximately a mile and a quarter from Hale Park/lighthouse and Frodsham Marsh so when you add in: 13 Avocet (FD), 4 Great White Egret (DC), 2 Little Egret (WSM) on the south side then, a Great Skua and a Firecrest (per Dave Craven) on the north side we are looking at some pretty credible birding on and about the Mersey Estuary today. This doesn’t include the large numbers of shorebirds, ducks and raptors out there.

Observers: FD, DC, WSM.

I am guiding a walk next Sunday 18th on Frodsham Marsh for further details: http://www.record-lrc.co.uk/forum/calendar.php?view=event&calEid=1520

10.10.15. Birdlog

10.10.15. Birdlog

10.10.15. Images from Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome (2)

10.10.15. Images from Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome (3)Thought that I’d give viz-migging a go on a date which should be within the optimum time period of September and October. But standing on the NE corner of No.4 it was obvious it was not going to happen. It was so quiet with no birds that I could honestly say they were not moving.

There were 2 Little Egret out on Frodsham Score, 10 Greenfinch in the Elders, 2 Grey Wagtail mobbing a Sparrowhawk and a flock of about 120 Pink-footed Geese that flew over northwards in a noisy skein that broke up into skein-lets, my first of the autumn. There was one intriguing sighting when a Blue Tit flew past closely followed by a small green bird I didn’t get onto fast enough, but got the impression that it had creamy-yellow stripes on it… I saw where it went but couldn’t relocated it? 10.10.15. Images from Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome (8)

As I walked off I stumbled on a lovely, delicate, translucent fungi that reminded me of the ones illustrated in children’s story books a delicate Glistening Parasol.

As I drove away from No.4 tank, the cattle were grazing in the scrape next to the Splashing Pool, the contractors working on No.3 (mitigation area) had left the gates open as they’d entered. They’d also knocked a fence down and the cattle were walking out onto the track (take note farmer).

10.10.15. Images from Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome (7)

I then tried another look for a Yellow-browed Warbler but failed miserably, the bushes along No.6 tank were largely empty except for a few Chaffinch and tits. Standing at the top of the halfway ramp on No.6, a Cetti’s Warbler began to sing in the phragmites below and it did so for over half an hour, coming as close to me as 5 metres, but frustratingly never showed itself. A Red Admiral flew past as I waited and a Redpoll species went over calling.

10.10.15. Images from Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome (6)

I moved to Brook Furlong Lane to resume my warbler search. A couple of Jays, an increase in Song Thrush numbers and a Great-spotted Woodpecker…but no warblers.

10.10.15. Images from Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome (4)

10.10.15. Images from Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome (1)On my way back to Lordship Lane I met another birder, Mark, who’d just had an adult winter plumaged Mediterranean Gull on No.6 with the Black-heads and a few Chiffchaff on his walk along No.6 to No.4. I decided to go and have a look and the ‘med’ was still there on the water with about a 100 Black-headed Gull and a single Common Gull. With an assortment of ducks which included 30+ Shoveler, 20+ Wigeon and a couple of Pintail, lots of Teal and Tufted Duck, the water was full of birds but looking into the sun is was never easy to see and I moved on, driving the full length of Lordship Lane as far as the construction site cabins.

10.10.15. Images from Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome (5)

Apart from 51 Curlew in a field with 4 Common Buzzard, one of which was doing it’s best to resemble a Rough-leg, and a small flock of Linnet in with one of the large rambling flocks of Goldfinch, I didn’t see much else.

Observer and images: Tony Broome