26.04.17. Birdlog & Frodsham Festival of Walks #2

Lots of migrants passing through Frodsham Marsh today, c50 Wheatear, c20 Willow Warbler, 2 Whimbrel (on No.5 tank) a male Whinchat (around Redwall reedbed) and a Hobby being the highlights also c4 Grasshopper Warbler and c3 Cetti’s Warbler and lots of Blackcap and Chiffchaff. Two pairs of Hare boxing were also great to watch. Not many Sedge Warbler back so hope they are just late arriving this year. A Green Woodpecker was seen on No.6 tank

Observer: Paul Miller.

An after work walk this evening was very quiet on the pools at Ince only 4 Mallard and 3 Common Shelduck. On the Manchester Ship Canal path there were 6 Wheatear which went into panic mode when a Sparrowhawk flew b. I walked over to No.4 tank and surprised a Brown Hare making its way along the track. Walking back to Ince and 10 Little Egret were observed going to roost there.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images 2-4)

Frodsham Festival of Walks (Evening visit).

The evening walk commenced from Brook Furlong Lane where 70 walkers/birders joined me for the last of the bird walks this season on the marshes. We headed off to the raised tracks between No.5-6 tanks. The open sludge tank of No.6 lacked the high numbers of Black-tailed Godwit of the previous few days with just a couple of hundred present. I guess a lot of them have already made a move to the north. Even those that were left didn’t linger for long and decamped out on the river. What was left certainly kept us busy with a very confiding Whimbrel sat all alone in the shallow water below our view-point. A selection of Redshank and 21 Avocet were also present.

Ducks were busy engaged in their courtship or pair bonding displays and included 200 Common Shelduck, 50 Common Teal, 60 Tufted Duck, Shoveler and Gadwall all added to the bird list.

The mitigation pools had 3 Dunlin and a few noisy Redshank.

We continued our walk to the south-west corner of No.6 and the junction with No.4 where a Grasshopper Warbler was heard briefly. Several Sedge and a single Reed Warbler were heard along Lordship Lane and a solitary Wheatear was spotted by a few lucky people. The walk ended with a Cetti’s Warbler¬†singing.

Observers: Frodsham Festival of Walkers and WSM (and images 1 & 5-6).

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