Frodsham Marsh Bird List (updated)

     Species                                         Scientific Name                                 Current Status

1   Mute Swan                                      Cygnus olor                        Common/migrant/breeds

  Whooper Swan                               Cygnus cygnus                     Passage/winter visitor

  Bewick’s Swan                          Cygnus columbianus bewickii    Scarce migrant/winter

   Bean Goose (Tundra/Taiga)           Anser fabalis                        Very rare winter visitor

   Pink-footed Goose                       Anser brachyrhynchus        Passage migrant/winter

   Eurasian White-fronted Goose        Anser albifrons albifrons          Rare winter visitor

      Greenland White-fronted Goose      Anser albifrons flavirostris      Rare winter visitor

   Greylag Goose                                   Anser anser                       Feral population/wild?

8    Greater Canada Goose                     Branta canadensis             Common, does breed

9    Barnacle Goose                                 Branta leucopsis             Rare winter and/or feral

10   Dark-bellied Brent Goose                Branta bernicla bernicla       Scarce winter visitor

       Pale-bellied Brent Goose                 Branta bernicla hrota               Rare winter visitor

11   Egyptian Goose                                 Alopochen aegyptiaca               Rare feral visitor

12   Ruddy Shelduck                                Tadorna ferruginea             Rare/continental feral

13   Common Shelduck                            Tadorna tadorna         Common breeds/passage

14   Mandarin Duck                                   Aix galericulata                          Rare feral visitor

15   Eurasian Wigeon                               Anas penelope          Winter/occasional Summer

16   American Wigeon                             Anas americana          Rare migrant/winter visitor

17   Gadwall                                              Anas strepera                Common winter/breeds?

18   Eurasian Teal                                    Anas crecca                 Common winter/has bred

19   Green-winged Teal                           Anas carolinensis             Very rare winter visitor

20   Mallard                                              Anas platyrhynchos      Common resident/breeds

21   Northern Pintail                                Anas acuta                          Regular winter visitor

22   Garganey                                          Anas querquedula                         Scarce migrant

23   Northern Shoveler                           Anas clypeata                  Common winter/breeds

24   Red-crested Pochard                      Netta rufina                                  Rare/feral visitor

25   Common Pochard                           Aythya ferina                                             Scarce

26   Ring-necked Duck                           Aythya collaris                           Very rare migrant

27   Ferruginous Duck                           Aythya nyroca                             The only record

28   Tufted Duck                                     Aythya fuligula                  Common breeder/winter

29   Greater Scaup                                 Aythya marila                 Very scarce/winter visitor

30   Lesser Scaup                                  Aythya affinis                               Very rare migrant

31   Common Eider                               Somateria mollissima          Very rare winter visitor

32   Long-tailed Duck                            Clangula hyemal           Rare migrant/winter visitor

33   Common Scoter                              Melanitta nigra                                   Rare migrant

34   Velvet Scoter                                   Melanitta fusca                   Very rare winter visitor

35   Common Goldeneye                      Bucephala clangula               Regular winter visitor

36   Smew                                               Mergellus albellus               Very rare winter visitor

37   Red-breasted Merganser              Mergus serrator              Very scarce winter visitor

38   Goosander                                      Mergus merganser                 Very scarce migrant

39   Ruddy Duck                                   Oxyura jamaicensis          Once common/now rare

40   Common Quail                              Coturnix coturni                       Rare summer visitor

41   Red-legged Partridge                   Alectoris rufa                                   Introduced/feral

42   Grey Partridge                              Perdix perdix                                   Now introduced

43   Common Pheasant                      Phasianus colchicus                        Introduced/feral

44   Red-throated Diver                      Gavia stellata                                Rare winter visitor

45   Black-throated Diver                   Gavia arctica                                Rare winter visitor

46   Great Northern Diver                  Gavia immer                                  Rare winter visitor

47   Northern Fulmar                          Fulmarus glacialis                            Very rare visitor

48   Manx Shearwater                         Puffinus puffinus                             The only record

49   European Storm Petrel               Hydrobates pelagicus                     The only record

50   Leach’s Petrel                               Oceanodroma leucorhoa                 Very rare visitor

51   Northern Gannet                           Morus bassanus                             Very rare visitor

52   Great Cormorant                           Phalacrocorax carbo carbo       Common/ has bred

       Continental Cormorant                 Phalacrocorax carbo sinensis     Scarce, has bred

53   European Shag                              Phalacrocorax aristotelis                       Rare visitor

54   Eurasian Bittern                             Botaurus stellaris                Very rare winter visitor

55   Western Cattle Egret                     Bubulcus ibis                         Very rare summer visitor

56   Little Egret                                       Egretta garzetta                        Common/has bred

57   Great White Egret                            Ardea alba                         Rare in small numbers

58   Grey Heron                                       Ardea cinerea                Common resident/breeds

59   Eurasian Spoonbill                          Platalea leucorodia                            Rare migrant

60   Little Grebe                                       Tachybaptus ruficollis     Common breeder/winter

61   Great Crested Grebe                       Podiceps cristatus        Passage/ common winter

62   Red-necked Grebe                           Podiceps grisegena               Rare migrant/winter

63   Black-necked Grebe                         Podiceps nigricollis                      Scarce migrant

64   Slavonian Grebe                                Podiceps  auritus                      The only record

65   European Honey Buzzard                Pernis apivorus                        Very rare migrant

66   Red Kite                                               Milvus milvus                      Very scarce migrant

67   Western Marsh Harrier                      Circus aeruginosus        Scarce migrant/breeds

68   Hen Harrier                                          Circus cyaneus          Uncommon winter visitor

69   Montagu’s Harrier                               Circus pygargus      Very rare passage migrant

70   Northern Goshawk                              Accipiter gentilis                       Very rare visitor

71   Eurasian Sparrowhawk                      Accipiter nisus                 Resident and migrant

72   Common Buzzard                               Buteo buteo                            Resident breeder

73   Rough-legged Buzzard                      Buteo lagopus                Very rare winter visitor

74   Western Osprey                                  Pandion haliaetus              Very scarce migrant

75   Common Kestrel                                 Falco tinnunus         Common/passage migrant

76   Merlin                                                    Falco columbarius          Scarce migrant/winter

77   Eurasian Hobby                                   Falco subbuteo                Very scarce summer

78   Peregrine Falcon                                  Falco peregrinus                                 Resident

79   Water Rail                                              Rallus aquaticus                  Winter/does breed

80   Spotted Crake                                       Porzana porzana                               Very rare

81   Corncrake                                              Crex crex                                           Very rare

82   Common Moorhen                                Gallinulachloropus               Common resident

83   Eurasian Coot                                        Fulica atra                   Common/breeds/winter

84   Common Crane                                      Grus grus                                         Very rare

85   Eurasian Stone-curlew                          Burhinus oedicnemus          The only record

86   Black-winged Stilt                                  Himantopus himantopus          Rare/has bred

87   Pied Avocet                                             Recurvirostra avosetta        Scarce/has bred

88   Eurasian Oystercatcher                         Haematopus ostralegus      Resident/migrant

89   European Golden Plover                        Pluvialis apricaria                  Common winter

90   Grey Plover                                               Pluvialis squatarola              Passage/winter

91   Northern Lapwing                                     Vanellus vanellus              Common/breeds

92   Little Ringed Plover                                   Charadrius dubius             Summer/breeds

93   Common Ringed Plover       Charadrius hiaticula ummer     Common/migrant/breeds

       Northern Ringed Plover                            Charadrius hiaticula tundrae           Migrant

94   Kentish Plover                                           Charadrius alexandrinus   The only record

95   Eurasian Dotterel                                        Charadrius morinellus    Very rare migrant

96   Whimbrel                                               Numenius phaeopu    Scarce passage migrant

97   Eurasian Curlew                                   Numenius arquata      Common migrant/winter

98   Black-tailed Godwit                      Limosa limosa islandica    Common summer/winter

99   Bar-tailed Godwit                                 Limosa lapponica         Scarce passage/winter

100  Ruddy Turnstone                                 Arenaria interpres     Scarce passage migrant

101  Red Knot                                              Calidris canutus                        Passage/winter

102  Ruff                                                       Philomachus pugnax                Passage/winter

103  Sharp-tailed Sandpiper                      Caldris acuminata                   The only record

104  Broad-billed Sandpiper                 Limicola falcinellus       Very rare passage migrant

105  Curlew Sandpiper                               Calidris ferruginea             Passage/has winter

106  Stilt Sandpiper                                    Micropalama himantopus        The only record

107  Temminck’s Stint                                Calidris temminckii         Rare passage migrant

108  Sanderling                                            Calidris alba                             Passage/winter

109  Dunlin                                                    Calidris alpina schinzii             Passage/winter

        Dunlin                                                    Calidris alpina alpina              Scarce passage

        Dunlin                                                    Calidris alpina artica               Scarce passage

110  Baird’s Sandpiper                                Calidris bairdii                       Very rare migrant

111  Little Stint                                              Calidris minuta            Passage/scarce winter

112  White-rumped Sandpiper                     Calidris fusci                        Very rare migrant

113  Buff-breasted Sandpiper                      Calidris subruficollis            Very rare migrant

114  Pectoral Sandpiper                                Calidris melanotos                     Rare migrant

115  Semi-palmated Sandpiper                     Calidris pusilla                     The only record

116  Wilson’s Phalarope                                 Phalaropus tricolor            Very rare migrant

117  Red-necked Phalarope                           Phalarope phalaropus       Very rare migrant

118  Grey Phalarope                                        Phalaropus fulicarius        Very rare migrant

119  Terek Sandpiper                                       Xenus cinereus                 The only record

120  Common Sandpiper                                 Actitis hypoleucos        Summer/rare winter

121  Green Sandpiper                                      Tringa ochropus     Passage migrant/winter

122  Spotted Redshank                                    Tringa erythropus        Passage/rare winter

123  Common Greenshank                               Tringa nebularia          Passage/rare winter

124  Lesser Yellowlegs                                      Tringa flavipes                Very rare migrant

125  Marsh Sandpiper                                        Tringa stagnatilis             The only record

126  Wood Sandpiper                                         Tringa glareola    Scarce passage migrant

127  Common Redshank                                    Tringa totanus   Passage/winter/has bred

128  Jack Snipe                                  Lymnocryptes minimus     Very scarce winter visitor

129  Long-billed Dowitcher               Limnodromus scolopaceus            Very rare migrant

130  Eurasian Woodcock                          Scolopax rusticola     Very scarce winter visitor

131  Common Snipe                                  Gallinago gallinago        Common/migrant/winter

132  Collared Pratincole                            Glareola pratincola                  The only record

133  Pomarine Skua                                Stercorarius pomarinus   Very rare – two records

134  Arctic Skua                                       Stercorarius parasiticus           Very rare migrant

135  Long-tailed Skua                              Stercorarius longicaudus          The only record

136  Great Skua                                        Stercorarius skua                     Very rare migrant

137  Razorbill                                                    Alca torda                          The only record

138  Common Guillemot                                  Uria aalge             Very rare summer visitor

139  Little Tern                                                   Sterna albifrons               Very rare migrant

140  Gull-billed Tern                                   Gelochelidon nilotica    Very rare – two records

141  Black Tern                                               Chlidonias niger           Rare/irregular migrant

142  White-winged Black Tern                      Chlidonias leucopterus       Very rare migrant

143  Sandwich Tern                                        Sterna sandvicensis                 Rare migrant

144  Common Tern                                          Sterna hirundo                Migrant/occasional

145  Arctic Tern                                                Sterna paradisaea    Rare passage migrant

146  Sabine’s Gull                                            Larus sabini            Very rare – Two records

147  Black-legged Kittiwake                            Rissa tridactyla              Very scarce visitor

148  Black-headed Gull                           Chroicocephalus ridibundus   Common/has bred

149  Little Gull                                                   Hydrocoloeus minutus        Scarce/migrant

150  Franklin’s Gull                                            Larus pipixcan                 The only record

151  Mediterranean Gull                            Larus melanocephalus  Scarce passage/winter

152  Common Gull                                               Larus canus      Common passage/winter

153  Ring-billed Gull                                             Larus delawarensis   Rare – two records

154  Lesser Black-backed Gull             Larus fuscus graellsii    Resident, breeder/migrant

        Lesser Black-backed Gull              Larus fuscus intermedius           Common/breeds

155  European Herring Gull                   Larus argentatus argenteus        Resident/breeds

        Scandinavian Herring Gull             Larus argentatus argentatus         Scarce/winter

156  Yellow-legged Gull                           Larus michahellis              Very scarce passage

157  Iceland Gull                                        Larus glaucoides                    Rare winter visitor

158  Glaucous Gull                                    Larus hyperboreus                Rare winter visitor

159  Great Black-backed Gull                   Larus marinus                      Common, has bred

160  Stock Dove                                          Columba oenas            Passage migrant/winter

161  Common Wood Pigeon                      Columba palumbus      Passage/winter/breeds

162  Eurasian Collared Dove                     Streptopelia decaocto              Scarce/ breeder

163  European Turtle Dove                         Streptopelia turtur                      Now very rare

164  Common Cuckoo                                  Cuculus canorus               Summer, has bred

165  Western Barn Owl                                 Tyto alba                        Local resident/winter

166  Little Owl                                                  Athene noctua             Very Rare, has bred.

167  Tawny Owl                                                Strix aluco                   Rare – breeds locally

168  Long-eared Owl                                        Asio otus             Scarce/irregular/has bred

169  Short-eared Owl                                        Asio flammeus          Irregular spring/winter

170  Common Swift                                           Apus apus              Summer/breeds locally

171  Eurasian Hoopoe                                        Upupa epops                  The only record

172  Common Kingfisher                                    Alcedo atthis         Resident/winter visitor

173  Green Woodpecker                                     Picus viridis       Very rare irregular visitor

174  Great Spotted Woodpecker                       Dendrocopos major        Resident/migrant

175  Red-backed Shrike                                      Lanius collurio               Very rare migrant

176  Great Grey Shrike                                        Lanius excubitor           Very rare migrant

177  Woodchat Shrike                                          Lanius senator              The only record

178  Eurasian Magpie                                           Pica pica       Common breeding resident

179  Eurasian Jay                                                  Garrulus glandarius    Resident/passage

180  Western Jackdaw                                          Corvus monedula        Common/migrant

181  Rook                                                               Corvus frugilegus  Breeds/locallymigrant

182  Carrion Crow                                                 Corvus corone            Breeding resident

183  Hooded Crow                                                 Corvus cornix           Rare – two records

184  Northern Raven                                              Corvus corax              Common/migrant

185  Goldcrest                                                         Regulus regulus              Migrant/winter

186  Common Firecrest                                          Regulus ignicapilla            Two records

187  Eurasian Blue Tit                                            Parus caeruleus        Breeding resident

188  Great Tit                                                           Parus major               Breeding resident

189  Coal Tit                                                             Periparus ater     Scarce migrant/winter

190  Willow Tit                                                          Poecile montana  Rare irregular visitor

191  Bearded Tit                                                       Panurus biarmicus                 Very rare

192  Eurasian Skylark                                              Alauda arvensis        Resident/migrant

193  Shore Lark                                                        Eremophila alpestris  The only record

194 Sand Martin                                                       Riparia riparia            Migrant/has bred

195  Barn Swallow                                                    Hirundo rustica           Summer/breeds

196  Common House Martin                                    Delichon urbica            Migrant/breeds

197  Red-rumped Swallow                                       Cecropsis daurica    The only record

198  Cettis Warbler                                                    Cettia cetti    Rare resident – has bred

199  Long-tailed Tit                                                    Aegithalos audatus Common resident

200  Common Chiffchaff             Phylloscopus collybita collybita   Summer/scarce winter

        Siberian Chiffchaff               Phylloscopus collybita tristis               The only record

201  Willow Warbler                      Phylloscopus trochilus         Common migrant, breeds?

202  Eurasian Blackcap                                              Sylvia atricapilla        Migrant, breeds

203  Garden Warbler                                                   Sylvia borin            Passage migrant

204  Lesser Whitethroat                                              Sylvia curruca         Scarce summer

205  Common Whitethroat                                          Sylvia communis     Migrant/breeder

206  Common Grasshopper Warbler                         Locustella naevia  Summer breeder

207   Savi’s Warbler                                                        Locustella luscinioides   The only record

207  Aquatic Warbler                                                   Acrocephalus paludicola   Very rare

208  Sedge Warbler                                 Acrocephalus schoenobaenus   Summer/breeds

209  Eurasian Reed Warbler                   Acrocephalus scirpaceus           Summer/breeds

210  Bohemian Waxwing                        Bombycilla garrulus                Rare – two records

211  Eurasian Nuthatch                                              Sitta europaea              Rare resident

212  Eurasian Treecreeper                                         Certhia familiaris          Rare resident

213  Eurasian Wren                                                     Troglodytes troglodytes      Resident

214  Common Starling                                                 Sturnus vulgaris     Resident/breeds

215  Ring Ouzel                                                             Turdus torquatus  Passage migrant

216  Common Blackbird                                               Turdus merula       Resident/breeds

217  Fieldfare                                                                  Turdus pilaris         Common/winter

218  Song Thrush                                                           Turdus philomelos Resident/winter

219  Redwing                                                                   Turdus iliacus          Migrant/winter

220  Mistle Thrush                                                  Turdus viscivorus  Uncommon resident

221  Spotted Flycatcher                                         Muscicapa striata          Scarce migrant

222  European Robin                                              Erithacus rubecula     Resident/migrant

223  Common Nightingale                                     Luscinia megarhynchos   Two records

224  Bluethroat                                                        Luscinia svecica svecica  One record

225  European Pied Flycatcher                              Ficedula hypoleuca           One record

226  Black Redstart                                                 Phoenicurus ochruros       One record

227  Common Redstart                                           Phoenicurus phoenicurus         Migrant

228  Whinchat                                                          Saxicola rubetra       Passage/has bred

229  European Stonechat                             Saxicola rubicola hibernans  Passage/ winter

230  Northern Wheatear                           Oenanthe oenanthe oenanthe  Migrant,has bred

        Greenland Wheatear                      Oenanthe oenanthe leucorhoa Passage/has bred

231  Dunnock                                          Prunella modularis                     Common resident

232  House Sparrow                               Passer domesticus   Scarce visitor/local breeder

233  Eurasian Tree Sparrow                  Passer montanus           Scarce passage migrant

234  Western Yellow Wagtail                 Motacilla flava                 Summer/migrant,breeds

        Blue-headed Wagtail                      Motacilla flava flava                         Rare/has bred

        Channel Wagtail                              Motacilla flava flava x flavissima    Rare/has bred

235  Grey Wagtail                                    Motacilla cinerea                Passage/winter visitor

236  Pied Wagtail                                     Motacilla alba yarrelli     Common/migrant/breeds

         White Wagtail                                  Motacilla alba alba         Scarce passage migrant

237    Richard’s Pipit                                Anthus richardi                      Rare migrant/winter

238    Tawny Pipit                                     Anthus campestris                            One record

239    Tree Pipit                                         Anthus trivialis                  Rare passage migrant

240    Meadow Pipit                                   Anthus pratensis        Common/breeds/passage

241    Eurasian Rock Pipit                        Anthus petrosus                   Rare migrant/winter

242    Water Pipit                                       Anthus spinoletta                 Rare migrant/winter

243    Common Chaffinch                        Fringilla coelebs             Resident/migrant/winter

244    Brambling                                        Fringilla montifringilla        Scarce migrant/winter

245    European Greenfinch                     Chloris chloris                          Resident/migrant

246    European Goldfinch                        Carduelis carduelis       Resident/migrant/winter

247    Eurasian Siskin                                Carduelis spinus         Scarce passage migrant

248    Common Linnet                                Carduelis cannabina    Common migrant/winter

249    Twite                                                   Carduelis flavirostris      Scarce migrant/winter

250    Lesser Redpoll                                  Carduelis cabaret           Scarce migrant/winter

251    Common Redpoll                              Carduelis flammea flammea         Rare migrant

252    Red Crossbill                                      Loxia curvirostra                           One record

253    Eurasian Bullfinch                   Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata      Scarce resident, breeds

254    Hawfinch                              Coccothraustes coccothraustes                 One record

255    Snow Bunting                      Plectrophenax nivalis                      Rare migrant/winter

256    Lapland Bunting                  Calcarius lapponicus                       Rare migrant/winter

257    Yellowhammer                     Emberiza citrinella                  Scarce migrant, has bred

258    Common Reed Bunting      Emberiza schoeniclus                         Resident/migrant

259    Corn Bunting                       Embiriza calandra                   Scarce migrant, has bred

The list stands at 259 as from 2016.

21.02.16. Birdlog

21.02.16. Lapwing and Golden Plover, No.3 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

Out early morning from Ince Berth and 30 Little Egret some sitting in the trees and others feeding in the field mark a considerable rewrite of the history books. A large flock of Lapwing were over on the salt marsh with a smaller flock of Golden Plover which held a few Dunlin with them. There were more flocks of Golden Plover noted flying west along the Manchester Ship Canal during my walk.

The fields alongside the Holpool Gutter held even more Lapwing and 11 Mute Swan which had a single Greylag Goose for company. The gutter also held a pair of Tufted Duck and 3 Little Grebe. On the ship canal were a couple of pairs of Canada Goose which were putting their claim on the territory. Also paired up were Gadwall and Mallard. 21.02.16. WeBS counter on Frodsham Score, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

The ‘Splashing Pool’ held more Tufted Duck and another pair of Little Grebe. Further along the path the mitigation area held c1000 Lapwing which took to the air as I walked by but 20 Redshank and a few Dunlin held their nerve and carried on feeding. No.6 tank held hundreds of Common Teal in the shallows and with the Green-winged Teal reported across the river they might be worth a grilling.

Lordship Lane was quiet with a female Stonechat on the fence and a flock of mixed finches moving along the bank. A female Kestrel went past clutching a vole and a pair of Common Buzzard were noted. At the southern end of six a female Sparrowhawk was in pursuit of a Blackbird and more Buzzard were over the reed bed on No.4 tank.

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

Walking back along the canal path and the Great White Egret passed overhead to land on the Frodsham Score close to a couple of Little Egret. while I spotted a WeBS counter could be seen out near the river.  A male Stonechat sat on a teasel stalk on the edge of the canal.

Observer: Paul Ralston (image 3).

21.02.16. Common Teal and Lapwing flock, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (4)

I started my WeBS count overlooking No.3 tank where earlier PR had seen the plover flocks. Most of the birds stuck to the northern section of the mitigation area on No.3 tank where they were relatively sheltered from the brisk south-westerly wind. The Golden Plover flock looked quite impressive with c500 birds present and the 1500 Lapwing were mixed in and on the margins. A handful of Dunlin were dwarfed by their companions and found shelter in the earthy hollows.

21.02.16. Ravens, No.3 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (7)

21.02.16. male Sparrowhawk, No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (9)The flock of Raven were scattered across the whole of the marsh with c35 birds on view and perhaps they should be renamed ‘mutton and lamb carrion crows’ because there were plenty laying about the fields.

I shifted my position on the tide and watched over No.6 tank where 470 Common Teal were flushed out of the flooded daisy beds by a female Merlin then a fine male Sparrowhawk added to their anxiety. A couple of drake Pintail, 22 Common Pochard, 12 Gadwall, 56 Mallard, 9 Tufted Duck, 100 Common Shelduck, 178 Shoveler, 6 Cormorant and 9 Coot.

Observer: WSM (images1-2 & 4-6).

A Lesser Redpoll was joined by a Siskin, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Goldcrest at the CEGB Pools.

Observer: Frank Duff.

Out on Frodsham Score a pale-bellied Brent Goose was noted per Robbie Allcock. A set of evocative images from Shaun Hickey from Sundays WeBS count on the southern Mersey marshes.