20.11.15. Birdlog

20.11.15. Birdlog

20.11.15. Gt W Egret, Frodsham Score. Paul Ralston

20.11.15. Curlew, Ince Marsh. Paul RalstonA short walk along the canal from Ince Berth to the Canal Pools early this morning. There were 2 Great White Egret far out on Ince Marsh and 4 Little Egret about the marsh. A male and female Sparrowhawk hunting the many finch flocks along the pathway. Also present in good numbers of were Golden Plover and Lapwing.

20.11.15. Green Sandpipers, Canal Pools, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston

The usual pair of wintering Green Sandpiper were again along the Canal Pool. On the way off the marsh the fields by the pig farm held many Curlew and the roadside bushes were full of Fieldfare and Redwing.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston,

The idea of a barragr across the River Mersey rears its ugly head again time for action: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/477385/Liverpool_devolution_deal_unsigned.pdf

18.11.15. Birdlog

18.11.15. Birdlog

18.11.15. Goldeneye, Weaver Causeway, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston

A walk around the Weaver Bend carrying my replacement camera after I had lost my camera on the marsh yesterday. There were good numbers of Tufted Duck with 4 Great Crested Grebe and 6 Goldeneye were on the river. A quick look over No.6 tank and more tufties were there with Common Shelduck, Common Teal, Mallard and a dozen Mute Swan. One last look for my lost camera along the canal path and along the bank on No.4 tank and amazingly I found it at the bottom of the bank amongst the brambles!

Observer and images: Paul Ralston

17.11.15. Birdlog

17.11.15. Birdlog

A storm approaching over the River Mersey at 4.30 pm. Bill Morton

An early morning walk from Ince Berth and around No.6 tank. There were 5 Whooper Swan out on Frodsham Score where there were also 5 Little Egret and 2 Great White Egret.

A Merlin was again forcing the Starlings in to a tight bit ball and putting on a great display but failed in its attempt to secure a full English breakfast.

Several Fieldfare were feeding on the hawthorn berries and a mixed flock of finches made up of Chaffinch, Linnet and Goldfinch moved through the hedges. A large flock of Pink-footed Goose were heading south and went straight overhead.

The two wintering Green Sandpiper were on the Canal Pools. Onward and to No.6 tank which was surprisingly quiet with small numbers of Common Teal, Mallard, Tufted Duck, a couple of Common Shelduck and a dozen Mute Swan. Walking around No.6 tank brought me to Lordship Lane which held more finch flocks and were hunted by a Sparrowhawk. A flock of Reed Bunting were in the blackthorn bushes by the southern ramp to six where and a Kestrel sat close by. T

The Splashing Pool was also quiet with a few Coot, Moorhen plus 2 Little Grebe. A Green Sandpiper was seen leaving at the far end of the pool. The walk back along the canal produced a Short-eared Owl hunting the bank on No.4 tank.

I dropped my camera along the canal path went back to look for it no sign of it. If anyone comes across it could them leave a message on the comments box at the base of this page. Thanks.

Observer: Paul Ralston.

A storm approaching the Mersey Estuary this evening. Image by WSM.

07.11.15. Black-tailed Godwit (coloure ringed) No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (17)

I received the data back today from Jenny Gill regarding the colour-ringed Black-tailed Godwit. Details below. Continue reading

16.11.15. Birdlog

16.11.15. Birdlog

16.11.15. Chaffinch (female), No.4 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2)Not quite the excitement of yesterday so normal service is resumed. An afternoon free to spend on the marsh and in bright sunshine. I managed to see the 5 pale-bellied Brent Goose but distantly on Hale Marsh from the north-east corner of No.4 tank. There were 4 Pink-footed Goose, 3-5 Whooper Swan, 8 Little and two Great White Egret out on Frodsham Score. Waders were moving with the advancing tide which included several thousand Dunlin streaming through from the river with 216 Grey Plover and lesser counts of Golden Plover.

The high tide displaced c 700 feeding Wigeon from the score gutters where they rode the river until both it and a couple of wildfowlers withdrew for the day.

16.11.15. Merlin (female), No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

16.11.15. Gun Turret, Frodsham Score, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1)16.11.15. Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (5)A playful flock of 24 Raven were riding the updrafts above No.5 tank.  High above the estuary a couple of adult Peregrine surveyed the area. A female Merlin sat out the afternoon along the fence line on No.5 tank (see pic above).

The flooded No.6 tank was not beneficial for shorebirds, it was no surprise to see nothing of note wading there. The only exception was 12 Tufted Duck, Common Teal hiding in the daisy beds, 8 Mute Swan and 23 Cormorant (carbo).

16.11.15. Growhow works from No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (3)

Observer & images: WSM.


15.11.15. Birdlog

15.11.15. Birdlog

15.11.15. Bonxie from Hale shore. Dave Craven (4)

15.11.15. Bonxie from Hale shore. Dave Craven (2)Just after noon an adult winter plumaged Great Northern Diver (DC) flew into the Mersey Estuary from the river mouth on the incoming tide. The diver was observed opposite Hale Park area of the north shore and was eventually seen by WeBS counters (SH) looking out from Frodsham Score. Shortly after a Bonxie (DC) appeared and settled on the water mid river it was also picked up from Frodsham Score (FD, SH, AMB). A couple of Kittiwake (DC) were blown upriver but typical for the species they didn’t linger for long and went unnoticed by others watching the water.

15.11.15. Brent Geese, Frodsham Score, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome (1)

15.11.15. Merlin hunting Starlings from Hale shore.Not to be out done the Frodsham boys pulled back 5 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (one bird third from left looks darker, possible dark juvenile?) which dropped in, fed on the short turf on the edge of the Score. They moved along in short flights, before flying up and away to come down at Pickering’s Pasture where DC successfully twitched them.

A Red-breasted Merganser (red-head) flew in and fed just below the bank most of the time before flying off west.

15.11.15. Frodsham Score. Shaun Hickey

15.11.15. View from Frodsham Score, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome.

15.11.15. Growhow works from No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome.A Short-eared Owl  flew up high and was mobbed by 5 corvids over No.6 tank, plus another two were hunting together on No.5 tank.

Out on Frodsham Score were Grey Plover, 250 Wigeon, a couple of Peregrine  was out hunting the avian bounty from Frodsham Score off No.4 tank. Also noted a Merlin was doing the business against the Starling flocks. A Sparrowhawk also joined the party with the Starling flocks over No.6 at dusk. There were several 1000 Dunlin swirling about before and after the tide, A couple of Great White Egret, joined the 3 Whooper Swan on the marsh…What a day!


Observers: Tony Broome (images 3, 6-7), Dave Craven (images 1-2 & 4), Frank Duff, Shaun Hickey (images 5, 8-14).

NB. Nearby a Red-throated Diver was spotted at Eastham on the WeBS count there.

What was presumably the same Bonxie was seen earlier off the Dingle shore where a Shag was also seen flying up river (PB).

14.11.15. Birdlog

14.11.15. Birdlog

14.11.15. (winter adult) Spotted Redshank, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (61)

14.11.15. (winter adult) Spotted Redshank, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (16)

A dull start weather wise which eventually turned into a very wet finish. I am on other duties tomorrow so, I took the opportunity to do the WeBS count today. The weather conditions were not favourable and it was a much reduced count on No.6 tank, and the adjacent mitigation on No.3 tank also included in the adding up. The totals include: 21 Mute Swan, a solitary Cormorant (carbo), 23 Wigeon, 24 Gadwall, 2 Common Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Common Shelduck, 130 Common Teal and 12 Mallard being the highlights or should that be lowlights.

A couple of Black-tailed Godwit feeding close to the bank attracted the wintering Spotted Redshank which fed unconcerned by my presence and due to the rain fall the water level has increased somewhat. Also noted were two Ruff.

14.11.15. (winter adult) Spotted Redshank, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (5) 14.11.15. (winter adult) Spotted Redshank, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (13)

I continued my visual but on a more bird friendly watch point at the corner of No’s 3, 5 & 6 tank. The lack of shooting in this area was rewarded with ‘birds’ a plenty! The site of mitigation on No.3 tank held a healthy concentration of 150 Curlew with 15 Golden Plover and 400 Lapwing. A few pools are filling nicely with rain water which usually fills up at this time of year.

14.11.15. mitigation No.3 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

14.11.15. mitigation No.3 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton.

However, the recently created scraped depressions (on the north side adjacent to the Canal Pools) lined with membrane to create habitat have got a long way to go before they have any usage.

14.11.15. (Wind turbine base setting, No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2)

I moved out to look over The Manchester Ship Canal towards Frodsham Score where a single Pink-footed Goose was swimming with 800 Canada Goose. Swirling flocks of Dunlin were like a Starling murmuration and created some interesting forms high above the salt marsh. Also present but in much reduced numbers were wintering Grey Plover but Lapwing were again impressive here with several thousands present.

14.11.15. Kestral, Holpool Gutter, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston

Whooper Swan were back on their wintering marsh with three birds opposite the Holpool Gutter. Also seen were 8 Little and a solitary Great White Egret.

The Canal Pools held onto a pair of Green Sandpiper and a substantial flock mixed finches included Gold, Green, Chaffinch and Linnet. A Goldcrest joined up with the roving tit flock and a Lesser Redpoll was mobile.

Several hundred Golden Plover and Lapwing were in the fields alongside the Holpool Gutter, while a Sparrowhawk hunted the many finches on the bank of No.4 tank. A female Stonechat looked forlorn along Lordship Lane.

Spotted Redshank video: https://vimeo.com/145727980

Observers: Paul Ralston (image 6), WSM (video & images 1-5).

12.11.15. Birdlog

12.11.15. Birdlog

12.11.15. Hale lighthouse from Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome

12.11.15. Lesser Redpoll Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome (21)Today I took time out because last weekend was a wash-out and this coming weekend is forecast to be even worse.

No orange latte today, just straight down to the marsh to make the most of the first sunshine for days. It wouldn’t last.

12.11.15. Broken gate, Brook furlong LandFrodsham Marsh. Tony Broome (1)

12.11.15.Lesser Redpoll Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome (20)I parked at the old log and walked along Brook Furlong and to the Weaver.

Around 6 Redwing exploded noisily out of the hawthorns, a female Bullfinch flew across the track and a Lesser Redpoll came and perched up near me, although a good view was obstructed by twigs.

12.11.15. birds on the Weaver Estuary, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome

12.11.15. Water Pipit, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome.The water had 4 Goldeneye on, all female types, 21 Pochard, 100+ Tufted Duck, 60+ Redshank, 3+ Ruff and a handful of Black-tailed Godwit. An interesting pipit flew past calling and revealed itself to be a Water Pipit. Singles of Grey Wagtail and female Stonechat were seen on the way back to the car.

12.11.15. Pochards, Weaver Estuary, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome (17)

12.11.15. Weaver Sluices, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome (17)I had a drive up to Marsh Farm, Frodsham Score was full, high tide whipped up by the strong SW wind. Small parties of Starlings flew in from the east and continued west.

Back to No.6 tank, where a flock of gulls included around 75 Common, Ducks included 20+ Wigeon, 50+ Shoveler, 200+ Teal, 12+ Gadwall and numerous Mute Swan. a few Tufted Duck were present. The water level was very high and apart from a few Common Snipe flushed by an immature Marsh Harrier, 3 Kestrel and another Grey Wagtail, there was little else of note.

12.11.15. Construction work on No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome

12.11.15. Gadwalls, Weaver Estuary, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome (14)The cloud rolled in and the rain started to hit the side of the car from about 2.30 pm, as a deep area of low pressure, Storm ‘Abigail’, which was ex-hurricane ‘Kate’, began to approach the country from the south-west. Scotland could expect 90 mph winds and the first snow of winter…

12.11.15. Lapwings, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome

Observer and images: Tony Broome.