Glossy on the Gowy

27.04.16. Glossy Ibis, Gowy Meadows. Paul Ralston (4)

27.04.16. Glossy Ibis, Gowy Meadows. Paul Ralston (2)27.04.16. Stonechat fledgling, Gowy Meadows. Paul Ralston (2) - CopyA short after work walk along the Gowy Meadows this evening was rewarding with a Wheatear, Whinchat and Stonechat being a pleasant reminder that Spring was here. A family of Stonechat I came across had a brood with a recently fledged youngster sitting on a fence. Despite the cold weather birds were getting on with rising broods.

I also watched a Fox was digging as fast as it could in the ground and soon after left in a hurry with a Rabbit clutched in its jaws. On the way back to my car a Glossy Ibis was seen in the company of 2 Little Egret and all three birds landed in a wet part of the meadows and then soon after they flew together heading over Stanlow to Ince Marsh.

27.04.16. Whinchat, Gowy Meadows. Paul Ralston (2) - Copy

Park in the lay-by next to the church in Thornton-le-moors, opposite is a gate leading to the meadows. Another access point is along the A5117 where it crosses over the River Gowy.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.

Different Views

27.04.16. Weaver Bend from Cow Hey Lane, Rocksavage, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

A collection of images looking south from Rocksavage overlooking the works. This one is of the Weaver Bend.

26.04.16. Weaver Bend from Cow Hey Lane, Rocksavage, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

Partially obscured by the pipes, scaffolding and towers Rocksavage Plant dominates the foreground but beyond is one of the best birding spots in Cheshire.

27.04.16. Weston Marsh lagoon from Cow Hey Lane, Rocksavage, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

Weston Marsh lagoon is out-of-bounds to birders except for paid ecologists but is clearly an area ideally suited for shorebirds and Common Shelduck.

27.04.16. Weston Marsh Lagoon from Cow Hey Lane, Rocksavage, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton The same area with the works in the foreground and No.1 tank beyond.

26.04.16. Weston Marsh Lagoon and the Weaver Bend as seen from Cow Hey Lane, Rocksavage, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

The raised banks of the lagoon host nesting Common Shelduck.

26.04.16. Weston Marsh Lagoon and the Weaver Bend as seen from Cow Hey Lane, Rocksavage, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

The River Weaver bottom right, Weston Marsh, No.1 tank and the Welsh Hills in the distance.

26.04.16. I.C.I tank as seen from Cow Hey Lane, Rocksavage, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

The edge of the works with the River Weaver running alongside the wooded former I.C.I tank which many older birders will have ticked off such birds as Buff-breasted, Baird’s, Pectoral Sandpiper, Wilson’s Phalarope, Shorelarks etc etc.

26.04.16. I.C.I tank as seen from Cow Hey Lane, Rocksavage, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

It’s still hard to believe the woodland shown above was once the I.C.I sludge tank and beyond are the Frodsham Hills.

26.04.16. I.C.I tank as seen from Cow Hey Lane, Rocksavage, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

A track around the I.C.I tank.

26.04.16. M56 Motorway bridge over the Weaver Navigation as seen from Cow Hey Lane, Rocksavage, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

The M56 motorway crosses the Weaver Navigation.

26.04.16. M56 Motorway bridge over the Weaver Navigation as seen from Cow Hey Lane, Rocksavage, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

All images by WSM.

Frodsham Marsh Wind Farm in Photos #4

26.04.16. Preparation of erecting tower for wind turbine from Cow Hey Lane, Rocksavage, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

26.04.16. Preparation for erecting tower on No.1 tank today, Frodsham Marsh. Bill MortonThe scale of the wind farm on Frodsham Marsh is hinted at by this crane hoisting components for the installation of just one of the turbines. This one is in the north-east corner of No.1 tank (Cell 1) overlooking the Weaver Estuary.

27.04.16. Crane hoisting the first tower on No.1 tank today, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton27.04.16. Crane hoisting the first tower on No.1 tank today, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (3)27th April saw the hoisting of the first tower (stanchion) base presumably it will come in 2-3 parts?

All images by WSM.