I was a little later than I anticipated due mainly to the traffic build up through Clifton and the bypass works going on there. When I eventually arrived on to the marsh I walked along the track that borders both No.5 & 6 tanks. There was a steady drizzle of rain which turned into a steady down pour. In between the rain I attempted to keep my optics dry long enough to do some birding. Duck counting wasn’t on my agenda this evening but what I could see didn’t really amount to much anyway. Common Teal, Tufted Duck and Pochard were in reduced numbers but Common Shelduck appeared widespread.
The flowering Michaelmas Daisies were sheltering 150 Black-tailed Godwit with 34 Avocet and a couple of Curlew flying over. There were two Little Egret still lingering in the area.
A female Marsh Harrier flew over from the east.
The highlight of the evening was the huge amount of Common Swift taking advantage of the low gatherings of midge clouds hanging above the trees, track and banks. These creatures are rapidly becoming my favourite bird on the marsh this summer. The swifts were so engaged in feeding they were giving intimate views down to inches as they whizzed past to snap a morsel of dancing midges that were enjoying the space above my telescope. A really enjoyable period of birding despite the awful rain.
Observer and images: WSM.
Aside from Frodsham Marsh I saw this Grey Heron house sitting in Beechwood, Runcorn on the way to the marsh and at Weston Village a luecistic Mistle Thrush (pity, I didn’t manage to get a photo though).