The day began with wall to wall sunshine and blue sky. Too good to miss so I decided, albeit late, that I’d go to Frodsham Marsh and arrived around 10.15 hrs. Too late really and already very warm, about 14 c, reaching 21 c later in sheltered spots. Too hot! I wasn’t used to it… I walked across to the I.C.I tank, did the Weaver and Brook Furlong Lane, drove up to the farm and then had a walk along Lordship Lane, viewing No.6 tank from the south side.
It was surprisingly quiet considering the conditions. Sunshine, blue sky and a light SE breeze. Maybe it was too good. Maybe the continent was in bad weather. The forecast had indicated that was the case.
Perhaps the best sighting of the day were 2 Brown Hare in one location, one of which loped right up to me. What gorgeous things these animals are.
Still Chiffchaff were everywhere, around 20, at least 3 Willow Warbler and 10 Blackcap. New in were 2 Lesser Whitethroat, one by the I.C.I tank and then 1 by the old log. Singles of Common Sandpiper and Swallow, both around the Weaver. 3 male Wheatear at Marsh Farm were nice and a single Sedge Warbler on Lordship Lane sang briefly. No.6 had a few waders including 4 Avocet, 150 Black-tailed Godwit, 60 Redshank, 120 Dunlin and 3 Ruff, plus about 80 Tufted Ducks.
Observer and images: Tony Broome.
A little later in the day we had a brief walk along the edge of Lordship Lane and popped our heads over No.6 tank where some of the birds TB had seen earlier were still present with the addition of a male Marsh Harrier quartering the distant reed beds and 6 Avocet.
Observers: Sparky, WSM
Butterflies were more in evidence with 50+ Small Tortoishell, 10+ Peacocks, 3 Small White and 4 male Orange Tip (Tony Broome).