12.04.18. Birdlog.

A walk around the Weaver Bend early this evening with nothing out the ordinary with the usual suspects of Common Shelduck, Mallard, Common Teal, Tufted Duck, Gadwall and a couple of Great Crested Grebe. A flock of 14 Redshank were at the edge of the river and a Common Sandpiper was close by.

There were four pairs of Oystercatcher noted along the river and Manchester Ship Canal bank and a Canada Goose has decided to make its nest out in the open at the edge of the canal bank where it would be easy pickings for a Fox or Badger. There were several Pied and 2 White Wagtail near to Marsh Farm and a Swallow passed west along the ship canal.

A Great White Egret was seen from the car on the Gowy Meadows as I made my way to and from Frodsham Marsh no doubt the bird seen two days ago and also observed today by Shaun Hickey and Gary Worthington.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images 2-3).

An after work sojourn down and around No.6 tank after work yielded a few goodies with the ever present Linnet flock hanging out in the flooded field on Lordship Marsh off Lordship Lane. There were 10 Pied, 7 White and the first Yellow Wagtail of the Spring. A few Meadow Pipit were less conspicuous.

Walking along the track on No.4 tank overlooking No.6 tank and a late Fieldfare was hiding in a bramble patch. There were 4 Marsh Harrier in the distance with the pale morph Common buzzard resettling on the banks overlooking the mitigation area on No.3 tank. The mitigation pools themselves were less productive than of late with just a handful of both Shoveler and Common Teal. 12 Ruff flew over but headed to No.6 tank.

Over on No.6 the commonest duck were Common Shelduck with many drakes defending their recently acquired partner. Shorebirds were in short supply but 41 Ruff (presumably including the 12 from earlier) were sheltering from the cold north-easterly breeze with c120 Black-tailed Godwit, c100 Redshank and a Common Snipe.

A brief flurry of 10 Sand Martin were moving through and a Cetti’s Warbler burst forth with song.

Observers: Sparky, WSM (images 1 & 4-6).