After taking a group from the Frodsham Festival of Walks for a ramble around the marsh last night, I basically had it all to myself this evening. At first glance it appeared that all of the godwits which have been a feature of the marsh over the last few weeks had departed en masse! A flock of 26 Avocet, 30 Redshank, 3 Ruff and a single Ringed Plover were really the only shorebirds present. I continue around No.6 tank via Moorditch and Lordship Lanes before following the track back to the view-point above the north banks of six. On my return there was a flock of c300 Black-tailed Godwit with a solitary Ruff and the Avocet flock from earlier.
The Common Shelduck gathering continues to remain around the 200 mark. The usual flock of c100 Tufted Duck look a good draw for any potential vagrant duck that may wander over the marsh. There was little change in the other species except for a pair of Pintail which were flushed by a couple of dog walkers and they didn’t return. Interesting to see them lingering here well into Spring though. A gathering of 50 Coot feeding through the patchy dead daisy beds was unusual given the time of year while others were already sitting on their nests.
The ploughed field adjacent to the east bank of No.6 tank had 4 Wheatear which were sheltering in behind the clods of turned earth. Numerous Swallow were hawking low over the water on six but there wasn’t any obvious migrant movement for me.
Walking back a Cetti’s Warbler song nearly burst my ear drum as I walked by a thick bramble patch close to the track.
The Peregrine was perched up facing into the cold breeze on the blue topped chimney at Weston Point.
Observer and images: WSM.