Any opportunity that arises and gives me even the briefest of time on my favourite birding location on earth, namely Frodsham Marsh (a curse at times and a pleasure…mostly) is something I don’t usually pass on. After work I got down to No.6 before the ebbing tide sucked back all those waders from the tank.
There were a few Black-tailed Godwit lingering but the trailing calls of a flock of Grey Plover heading back out to the river didn’t instill any confidence on what would be left to see. A quick scan over the drier mud revealed 5 more Grey Plover, c100 Dunlin, 20 Redshank, a small flock of Lapwing and 24 Ruff.
The continued absence of Wigeon and Pintail does get me wondering what displaced them from the water last week? The ducks that were left included: 243 Shoveler, 46 Tufted Duck, 2 Common Pochard, 17 Common Shelduck, 23 Gadwall, 20 Mallard and 250 Common Teal.
A YbW wannabe Chiffchaff was swee-ooing from the willow trees on No.5 tank but apart from that there was little else to keep the light and my interest level.
Observer and image: WSM.
Earlier in the day Simon called into the marsh and got 134 Ruff (Cheshire record count?), c100 Dunlin and c500 Black-tailed Godwit.
Observer: Simon Pinder.