A walk around Blakemere, Delamere Forest this afternoon where we spotted 7 Mediterranean Gull still present on the water there.
After our walk at Delamere we called in on Frodsham Marsh to see if there were any migrants about. Walking along the lane from the motorway bridge we were greeted with a ‘Road Closed’ sign at the junction of Moorditch Lane and the ramp track to No.5 tank. This was expected since there have been signs posted at various spots on the route but it shouldn’t cause too much reason for concern if you are visiting the marsh on foot.The walk along Moorditch didn’t produce much in the way of birds except for an increase the number of Chiffchaff which seemed to be singing from several spots.
We continued until we reached Lordship Lane where a male Wheatear was feeding in the closely mowed field by the model aircraft field. A look over No.6 tank produced a much reduced gathering of ducks. The most prominent species were again the Shoveler with 128 present. Smaller numbers of Common Teal and Shelduck, Tufted Duck, Pintail, Gadwall and Mallard. The Black-tailed Godwit flock were also down in numbers but were still a fairly large group with 60 Golden Plover and Dunlin keeping close to the vegetated area.
A dog Fox was hunting mice in the tall grass out in the fields.
Observers: Sparky, WSM (and images).