Views on and from No.6 tank

 

23.04.16. Views off and from No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (17) - Copyselection of images from today at No.6 tank of views that would be unfamiliar to regular visitors and taken on a fine summer’s day. 

23.04.16. Views off and from No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (7) - CopyHelsby Hill is a dominant feature to the south-west of the marshes and the open water in front was once open farmland and part of the vast Lordship Marsh.

23.04.16. Views off and from No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (4)

A remnant and solitary hawthorn tree is one of the last dead hedgerows that once formed the field boundaries on Lordship Marsh.

23.04.16. Views off and from No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (11) - Copy

Today this area occupies No.6 deposit sludge tank that contains the sludge and silt from the nearby Manchester Ship Canal.

23.04.16. Views off and from No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (24) - Copy

The Growhow works is part of an encroaching industrial sprawl from west of the Holpool Gutter at the former Ince Marshes.

23.04.16. Ramp track off Moorditch Lane, No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2)

The ramp track to No.5 tank off Moorditch Lane.

23.04.16. Old drainage shaft tower, No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2)

An old drainage tower on No.5 tank which is slowly falling into disrepair.

All images by WSM.

23.04.16. Birdlog

23.04.16. Dunlin, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (10)

There was wall to wall sunshine and cotton wool clouds gently rolling in from the north-west with a little bite to the wind.

23.04.16. Black-headed Gulls and Black-tailed Godwits, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (11)23.04.16. Dunlin, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (9)The wind direction meant that the waters of No.6 tank were relatively calm and ideal considerations prevailed to produced some excellent viewing. The Black-tailed Godwit flocks were back after a short absence and tallied c1000 birds, hidden or partly obscured were 6 winter Knot, 4 Whimbrel, 11 Ruff, 130 Redshank, 1 Curlew, 11 Avocet and nearby a flock of 450 Dunlin including a partial summer plumaged Curlew Sandpiper (the first of the year). In the thicker vegetation and looking a little forlorn was a solitary Golden Plover with 6 Ringed and a Little Ringed Plover. A Common Sandpiper was frequenting the far bank shoreline.

23.04.16. Common Shelducks (displaying) and Black-tailed Godwits, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. .Bill Morton.

23.04.16. Common Shelducks (displaying) and Black-tailed Godwits, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. .Bill Morton..The Common Shelduck pairs were in full territorial disputes with fights erupting willy-nilly. Along with c100 Tufted Duck it was a little surprising to see just a handful of Shoveler after some large counts earlier in the month. Gadwall were chasing each other in courtship flight and amore was well and truly in the air.

23.04.16. Views off and from No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (20)

Raptors were also present with Common Buzzard being the dominant species alongside a couple of Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and the female Marsh Harrier producing a brief outing mid morning.

23.04.16. Black-tailed Godwits, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. .Bill Morton....

The mitigation area on No.3 tank although looking the part was an ornithological sinkhole with few birds worthy of mention. Likewise Marsh Farm was very poor and apart from 4 Wheatear along the pipes on No.1 tank the whole area wouldn’t have been included today if it wasn’t for them being in the area.

Other birds noted during the course of the day included: 9 Sedge Warbler, 11 Chiffchaff, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 3 Willow Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, 20 Sand Martin and 60 Swallow.

23.04.16. Glossy Ibis, Carr Lane Pools, Hale. Tony Broome (14)

23.04.16. Glossy Ibis, Carr Lane Pools, Hale. Tony Broome (15)23.04.16. Hale birders at Carr Lane Pools, Hale. Bill Morton (2)

 

23.04.16. Glossy Ibis, Carr Lane Pools, Hale. Carol CockburnDuring a conversation with the Broomemeister news came through of a Glossy Ibis spotted by Rob and Carol Cockbain across the river on Carr Lane Pools at Hale. It didn’t take much persuasion to fire up the burners on T’s Vauxhall Mokka and then set the dials to cruise control as we headed over for a spot of ‘patch poaching’. We arrived to find the ibis had flown off shortly before our arrival so, after exchanging pleasantries with the birding natives including Ian (Iggy) Igglesden who was vigilant enough to spot the bird flying in with a Cormorant from the direction of Hale Marsh. It flew over without stopping and circled high into a thermal before disappearing from sight to the north-west. We counted ourselves very lucky indeed and jumped back into the Broomobile and headed back to Gotham for a bit more birding.

Observer: Tony Broome, Frank Duff, WSM (images 1-8).

Glossy Ibis image by Carol Cockbain.