A walk from Ince Berth and around No.4 tank this late morning. There were 3 Little Egret which were out on Frodsham Score and a large flock of gulls mostly Black-headed but a few Common Gull with them were noted. Several Great Black-backed were sharing the mutton with a few Carrion Crow and Raven. Also seen was a pale phase Common Buzzard which was sat by the Pumping Station. Two Green Sandpiper were on the scrape by the ‘Splashing Pool’ and 200 Goldfinch fed on the thistles. 3 Kestrel were in the air together over No.4 and a Sparrowhawk flew past.
Leaving the marsh on the track to Ince some mitigation work by the pig farm has created a couple of pools and scrapes one of which held another Green Sandpiper, Common Teal, Moorhen and Grey Heron. There were plenty of butterflies about including Large White, Small Tortoiseshell and a couple of Painted lady butterfly.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 2-3 & 6).
I took a walk from Brook Furlong ending up fighting my way through the impenetrable jungle that is the track that runs below the old birdlog at the eastern side of No.1 tank. It was obvious that few feet have trodden this way for some time and after negotiating the hidden ankle trapping bramble briers, razor-sharp Phragmites blade edges, face height spiders webs complete with angry-looking spiders, water droplet laden Willowherb and then having to swat off midges and pestering Noon flies, I eventually emerged (red-faced) onto the embankment of the Weaver Causeway. After wiping the sweat, dust, webs and an assortment of face and optic hugging creepy crawlers from my person and regaining some composure, I set up the scope and almost immediately out on the River Weaver was a 2nd calendar year (1st summer) Little Gull (hooray for the river!). The Little Gull spent most of the time riding the flow of the water before swimming back to repeat this procedure. It was later found perched up on the banks of the Weaver Estuary giving some really good views and was dwarfed by an adult Great Black-backed Gull perched on a bouy. A couple of Kingfisher flashed past with one shooting into a Willow Tree on the river bank. Little Gull video
The Weaver Estuary had a few Black-tailed Godwit with the odd Redshank, 1 Ruff and 3 Common Sandpiper. Other birds of note here included: 3 Great Crested and 14 Little Grebe. Some of the Canada Goose which have exceeded 10,000 birds on the Mersey Estuary spilled out onto the Weaver and they could be seen crowed along the gantry wall opposite Weston Point.
A look over on No.6 tank saw in excess of 1,000 Black-headed Gull with 200 on the same ploughed field as the other day.
A couple of Little Egret flew over the old birdlog at a poignant moment.
A Common Frog was making its way across the lush grass on No.1 tank and there were some big Garden Spiders with webs slung across the path on the Weaver Causeway.
Observer: Frank Duff, WSM (images 1 & 4-5 & 7-9).
I would like to take the opportunity in thanking Pam & Johnny Garner and their lovely family for inviting me to join them in scattering Martin’s ashes on the marsh today. His wish was that his ashes should be shared between Flamborough, Spurn and Frodsham Marsh. It is comforting to know that we have him back at the place where he started his birding. His ashes lay close to the old bird log at the south-east corner of No.1 tank looking east towards the Weaver Bend. RIP MSG.