19.12.15. Birdlog

19.12.15. Birdlog

19.12.15. Green-winged Teal, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (4)

The Green-winged Teal was a good find within the huge numbers of Common Teal.

19.12.15. Green-winged Teal, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Findlay Wilde

19.12.15. Stonechat Marsh Farm, Frodsham Marsh. Findlay WildeThe area of mitigation on No.3 tank produced 600 Lapwing. There were 3 Black-tailed Godwit on No.6 tank with another flock of 200 Lapwing. A Cetti’s Warbler was singing on by the Splashing pool. The 1st winter Marsh Harrier flew straight across the track in front of us near the shooters pools and 15 Curlew were in the fields along Lordship Lane. There were also some big mixed flocks of Linnet and Chaffinch along Lordship Lane. A Stonechat was along the pipes on No.1 tank.

Observers: Nigel Wilde & Findlay Wilde (images 2-3 & 6).

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

19.12.15. Green-winged Teal, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (3)While Nigel and Findlay were out and about I was positioned overlooking No.6 tank when an unseen threat sent the teal flock into panic mode. There were in excess of 1,000 birds rising above the water and daisy beds to swirl around the tank like a Starling murmuration. A very impressive sight indeed. Also present with the teal were 34 Common Pochard, 6 Gadwall, 24 Mallard, 2 Common Shelduck, 6 Tufted Duck, 6 Wigeon, and 23 Shoveler.

19.12.15. Kestrel, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton.

Shortly after I was joined by Frank et al and some distractions from attempting to relocate the teal produced an immature Marsh Harrier, 13 Black-tailed Godwit and the Peregrine over at Weston Point. The Green-winged Teal reappeared eventually and was watched displaying to other teal in a tight little assembly of drakes courting the shy females (see video here: https://vimeo.com/149498485 of the Green-winged Teal and here for 1000 Common Teal in panic flight: https://vimeo.com/149501705).

19.12.15. Green-winged Teal, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1)

Observers: Frank Duff, Al Orton, WSM (images 1 & 4-5 & 7-8 and videos).

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17.12.15. Birdlog Part 2

17.12.15. Birdlog Part 2

Frodsham Raven and Starling [200748]

Since today I had a half day at school I popped down afterwards for my 2nd ever visit to Frodsham Marsh to go and have a look at the Green-winged Teal.

Frodsham Lapwing and Plover [200747]Driving down to No.6 tank via Marsh Lane we came across a flock of 30c Fieldfare and 7 Moorhen in the channel. As we (Me, Mum) arrived in search of the teal the last observer present was just leaving who kindly informed us that the GW Teal had just gone into the Michaelmas Daisy bed. After a good 2 hours of scanning the area were it was last seen and checking the hundreds of Eurasian Teal present we had no sign to the Green-winged Teal, then again the lighting was rubbish so anything in the daisy bed was just a silhouette. Birds present at No.6 were 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Little Grebe, 20+ Snipe, 8 Shelduck, 1 Mute Swan a few Shoveler, Mallard and Wigeon along with 1 Great Black-backed Gull.

As mum was keeping watch over No.6 I walked down to No.3 were as just as I reached the north corner of six a Cetti’s Warbler called on 2 occasions, whilst 23 Shelduck, 3 Cormorant, 37 Snipe and 44 Curlew passed over heading towards either heading to No.6 or the estuary. Meanwhile on No.3 200c Lapwing, 1 Little Egret, 6 Raven, 1 Great Black-backed Gull were present and 1 Peregrine (adult) came round and put all the Lapwings up, who were closely joined by 100c Golden Plover and 300c Starlings.

Frodsham Teal [200749]

After failing to catch a dinner the Peregrine headed over to No.6 and was replaced by a hunting Kestrel. And to finish the day off as we were driving back over the bridge to Marsh Lane 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult) flew in front of car along with a mixed gull flock onto some nearby fields.
Another brilliant visit to the marsh, also picked up a few nice examples of Quartz and Potassium Feldspar rich Granite to add to my rock collection (Geologist). Might not have seen the Green-winged Teal but who cares, it’s not about how rare a bird is, it’s about how a bird makes you feel.

Observer and images: Elliot Monteith http://www.birdboy101.co.uk/

17.12.15. Birdlog Part 1

17.12.15. Birdlog

17.12.15. Little Egrets, Ince Marsh. Paul Ralston (5)

17.12.15. Little Egrets, Ince Marsh. Paul Ralston (4)A quick look over Frodsham Score from Ince Berth. A Great White Egret and 4 Little Egret were out on the salt mash and 14 Whooper Swan had a few Mute Swan for company. A  raft of 30 Coot held a single female Tufted Duck  on the Manchester Ship Canal. On to No.4 tank and a Woodcock took me by surprise as it rose up and flew over the bank.

17.12.15. Great White Egret, Frodsham Score, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston (2)

17.12.15. Whooper Swans, Frodsham Score, Frodsham Marsh. Paul RalstonLeaving the marsh along the lane to Ince 2 more Little Egret passed overhead and dropped in to a nearby field. A further look over the hedge revealed 13 Little Egret were grouped together.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.

The Green-winged Teal was again reported per Birdguides.

16.12.15. Birdlog

16.12.15. Birdlog

16.12.15. Green-winged Teal, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. John Rayner (1)
16.12.15. Green-winged Teal, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. John Rayner (2)Having failed to locate the Green-winged Teal on Monday 14th, when it
remained hidden deep within the Michaelmas Daisy bed for some hours, I tried
again today. On arrival things looked more promising as 100’s of Eurasian
Teal were milling around out in the open but it was still not easy with
heavy cloud causing very gloomy light, also many birds were facing the wind
and thus rear-end on. But at 08.50 one teal swung round to present its
profile and there it was! However, within 5 minutes it was spooked by a
helicopter and I took another 50 minutes to relocate it. Again it was
swimming away but did turn to allow a distant photograph (above). Other birds
included 21 Pochard, 1 Pintail and a few Wigeon, Shoveler and Gadwall.

Observer and images: John Rayner.


15.12.15. Birdlog

15.12.15. Birdlog

14.12.15. Green-winged and Common Teal, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill morton

The Green-winged Teal on No.6 tank.

Observer: John Taylor.

Image and video from yesterday here: https://vimeo.com/149055291

14.12.15. Short-eared Owl, No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Ray Atkinson (3)

Just a warning to visitors in cars. Yesterday (Monday) I drove along Moorditch Lane and hit a pothole or something in one of the puddles on the road. Burst my tyre and I ended up stranded on the top road until 8pm when a tow truck finally came to take me away. (Locking nut wouldn’t come off so the wheel couldn’t be removed unfortunately). On the plus side I was there at about 5pm and saw the Short-eared Owl flying. Masses of lapwings too – probably several thousands. Didn’t managed the Teal unfortunately.
Observer: Ray Atkinson (image 2).

14.12.15. Birdlog

14.12.15. Birdlog

14.12.15. Green-winged and Common Teal, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

An early start and a brief visit to the marsh before a Christmas shopping/market expedition in Manchester.

After a short wait the required drake (what else) Green-winged Teal was spotted with a group of 400 Common Teal close to the clumps of flooded daisy beds. Also present were the 24 Common Pochard, 12 Shoveler, 6 Wigeon, 12 Tufted Duck and small numbers of Common Shelduck.

Over on N.3 tank a flock of c500 Lapwing rose into the air but I couldn’t find their cause of concern.

Observer: WSM (image 1).

14.12.15. Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston (2)

A walk around No.6 tank and along the canal as far as the Holpool Gutter this afternoon. I managed to see the following species. There were good numbers of wildfowl on No.6 with Common Pochard again outnumbering the Tufted Duck, also noted Shoveler, Mallard and Common Teal with Gadwall in amongst them. A few birders were out looking for the Green-winged Teal but left disappointed.

14.12.15. Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston (3)The secluded pool had 6 more Gadwall and 2 Shoveler. The mitigation area on No.3 tank held a small flock of Lapwing and Redshank. Along the canal path a Merlin sat in the very same hawthorn bush that it or another had favoured last winter.

14.12.15. Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston (1)

Out on the salt marsh a Great White Egret and several Grey Heron and Little Egrets fed on the incoming tide. There were hundreds of Canada Goose at the edge of the river. The herd of Whooper and Mute Swan mixed together on the score and a flock of Dunlin were being pursued by a Sparrowhawk.

Along Lordship Lane a pair of Stonechat sat on the fence by the model flying field and a small party of Fieldfare and Redwing passed by.

When I eventually got back to the car I decided to have another look for the Green-winged Teal  and met John Gilbody. He fortunately had the GWT in his telescope and let me see the bird hidden in the vegetation.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images 2-4).

Also noted were 20 Redshank, 35 Black-tailed Godwit, c20 Dunlinsand 100’s Lapwing.

Observer: John Raynor.

13.12.15. Birdlog (WeBS Count)

13.12.15. Birdlog (WeBS Count)

13.12.15. drake Green-winged Teal, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. David Bedford (1)

A text from MacDuff and a quick departure to No.6 tank where he had  found a loafing Green-winged Teal  with a small group of c100 or so other Teal on No.6 tank. I didn’t make it in time and left before it reappeared at 14.30 hrs. It was refound when it jumped out of the flooded daisy beds to show to a couple of other birders. I’ll try again in the morning.

13.12.15. drake Green-winged Teal, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. David Bedford (2)Today’s WeBS count was done in persistent (and I mean pissistent) rain and a cold easterly breeze made the experience all the more intolerable.

The Common Pochard flock from yesterday increased to 24 birds and easily outnumbering the half-dozen Tufted Duck. When the Common Teal were spooked from the dense vegation it was a lot easier to get a snap shot of their numbers with in excess of 600 birds present. Little wonder the GWT chose to join in their ranks. 16 Wigeon, 14 Shoveler, a solitary drake Pintail, 12 Gadwall, 7 Mallard, 3 Mute Swan and 8 Cormorant. A flock of 8 Redshank and 5 Common Snipe were about it for waders here.

Nearby on No.3 tank 300 Lapwing with 50 Golden Plover were reduced from yesterday.

A Stonechat feed along the pipes on No.1 tank.

Observers: Frank Duff, David Bedford (image 1-2) WSM.

13.12.15. Shaun Hickey's WeBS count images from Frodsham Score (4)

Out on Frodsham Score other WeBS counters like Shaun Huckey were counting in excess 40,000 wintering Dunlin and a herd of Whooper Swan with some incredible counts of Canada Goose.

13.12.15. Shaun Hickey's WeBS count images from Frodsham Score (7)

13.12.15. Shaun Hickey's WeBS count images from Frodsham Score (1)Observer: Shaun Hickey (images 3-5).13.12.15. Iceland Gull, Pickerings Pasture. Ian Igglesden

A 3rd winter Iceland Gull, immature Shag and a potential Caspian Gull were a little out of range but were available over the last couple of days across the river per Ian Igglesden (and image 6), Dave Craven, Rob Cockbain.

12.12.15. Birdlog

12.12.15. Birdlog

12.12.15. No.3 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton.It wasn’t since last month that between work and weather I’ve managed a full days birding on the marsh and today wasn’t any different. The wind and the rain are beginning to test my patience. The duck on No.6 tank were again keeping a very low profile and 120 Common Teal were keeping in close to the dence vegetation clumps with the occasional Shovelers popping out to change position. 16 Common Pochard outnumbered the Tufted Ducks for a change. Also present were two Mute Swan.

A Kestrel looked a forlorn sight hunched up to stop the rain running down its neck. The Raven flocks weren’t concerned by the weather and were moving freely between one dead sheep to another.

12.12.15. Kestral, No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton.The mitigation of No.3 tank is typically filling up with rain water but most birds congregated on the muddy northern section where the ‘scrape pools’ aren’t doing what they should be doing (filling up). A flock of 400 Lapwing feeding on the pasture field were spooked and all took to the wing and with them was a few Redshank and 140 Golden Plover.

Observer and images: WSM



Pink Footed Geese 1 Hale 04 12 15. Mike Roberts

Pink Footed Geese 12 Hale 04 12 15Three images from Mike Roberts of a herd of Pink-footed Geese resting out on Hale Marsh just a short flight away from Frodsham. A Skein of 400 birds were noted moving through from Hale yesterday and headed east over Frodsham Marsh per DC.

Pink Footed Geese 9 Hale 04 12 15.Mike Roberts

Hale Marsh and its ‘pinkie’ flock with Christchurch at Weston Point and Runcorn Hill across the River Mersey beyond.

All images Mike Roberts.

06.12.15. Birdlog

06.12.15. Birdlog06.12.15. Whooper and Mute Swans, Frodsham Score. Paul Ralston

Out this morning around No.4 tank taking in the canal path until the weather broke and the clouds opened. A herd of swans out on the Frodsham Score salt marsh contained both Mute and Whooper Swan and c 2000 Canada Goose which were grazing out there.06.12.15. Merlin, no.4 tank, frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston

06.12.15. Lapwing and Golden Plover in flight, Frodsham Score. Paul RalstonA flock of Black-head Gull on the canal went in to panic mode when a Merlin powered through them and set its sights on the massive flock of Lapwing and Golden Plover on the field alongside the Holpool Gutter. Fieldfare and Redwing were in good numbers along the path searching in vain for the hawthorn berries and in turn attracted the attention of a Sparrowhawk.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-3).

A couple of skeins of 400 Pink-footed Goose were spotted flying over Hale towards Frodsham Marsh (Dave Craven).06.12.15. No.3 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome

After Storm Desmond moved through, drowning the Lake District as it did so, today was meant to be dry, calm and clear skies.

06.12.15. Helsby Hill, Frodsham Marsh. Tony BroomeAs I drove down the M56 with the wipers on go fast and the rain being so heavy I couldn’t see much and the wind so strong that trees were bending, I wondered why I was heading towards Frodder’s. But there’s always something to see and I’m the eternal optimist so, I carried on and arrived at the old birdlog around 09.30 hrs. The rain was blowing sideways and I drove up to Marsh Farm and got the coffee and biscuits out and parked so that the rain was battering the other side of the car.

I looked at the grey sky and noticed a passerine flying north about a 100m away. It had a peculiar whirring undulating flight that got alarm bells ringing…was it a Snow Bunting? I watched as the silhouette carried on out over the Mersey Estuary and as it dipped below the skyline for a second I got a flash of white. The views were far from conclusive and a ‘possible’ was all I could put in the little black notebook. A couple of Kestrel and a Raven flew past but there was no sign of any Stonechat on the pipes.20151206_114726 (1280x720)


20151206_121109 (1280x720)I finished the coffee and drove slowly back towards the old log where I parked up and walked out to the River Weaver, around the wet field by Redwall reed bed. No Snipe today, probably nervous after yesterday’s shoot? The Weaver was equally devoid of birds, the best I could do was 2 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Goldeneye.

The hedges had quite a few thrushes picking at the last of the hawthorn berries and as I got back to the car to have some lunch, a chit-chit, chit, chit suddenly woke me up again. I called and it changed direction and came and sat in a Hawthorn near me calling. A Lesser Redpoll. It sat there for a few minutes before flying off. A piping Bullfinch dropped in nearby but disappeared almost immediately. FD turned up and we walked along Brook Furlong Lane looking at thrushes. Around 30 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing and 20 Blackbird flitted between hedges and occasionally came down to the track to drink from puddles.06.12.15. House Sparrow, Frodsham Marsh. Tony Broome



06.12.15. House Sparrow, Frodsham Marsh. Tony BroomeFD pointed out that I had a flat tyre, not the best thing to have on the tracks at Frodsham. As it wasn’t completely flat I managed to get to No.3 tank but the skies were gloomy and the pools looked bird-less apart from the odd pipit and wagtail. Ray and Lynne were there and showed me a picture of a raptor that had been sat on the fence until just before I’d arrived. A very nice Merlin. Deciding that my tyre took priority I headed into Frodsham to find a garage. As I headed out along an incredibly muddy track due to a farmer transporting manure for a field on Moorditch Lane, a small flock of Linnet got up from weeds and perched up in a hawthorn. Just over the bridge into Frodsham, a noisy party of House Sparrow sat in the hedge and looked at me. My first photogenic birds all day…but bird-wise the least inspiring day for a long time.

Observer: Tony Broome (images 4-9), Frank Duff.