21.04.18. Birdlog.

A walk around No.6 tank in the hot caldron that is Frodsham Marsh in such barmy weather conditions was rewarding.

Six Whimbrel left No.6 tank early morning, with another individual on Lordship Marsh.

A pair of Wheatear were in the north-west corner of the tank and a further 4 were on the pipes of No.1 tank.

Four Marsh Harrier were circling and three Swallow moved through. 6 Ruff were on the mitigation pools on No.3 tank. A Peregrine added to the raptors present today

Between the Weaver Bend and the estuary were 3 Stonechat, 2 Mistle Thrush and a Green Sandpiper.

Returning to No.6 tank for high tide, 4 Knot and a Bar-tailed Godwit joined 1050 Black-tailed Godwits.

Warbler numbers had increased from my previous visit, with numbers across the Marsh of 16 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 13 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Whitethroat, 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 9 Sedge Warbler and 5 Reed Warbler.

There was a lot of nuptial activity with the coy female ducks acting all shy while the drakes were strutting their stuff in order to impress. Common Teal were inching over the 100 mark while Common Shelduck and Shoveler appear to have selected their respective. A single drake Wigeon cut a lonesome figure.

On No.3 tank there were 8 Wheatear including four ‘Greenland’ forms.

The fields on Lordship Marsh still held a herd of 21 Mute Swan.

The above image of the Kestrel releasing a merde bomb with St Laurence Church in the background.

Walking back and the Mute Swan was again in the ditch alongside Moorditch Lane while sat on the telegraph wires was a ringed Kestrel.

Plastic washed up on the Weaver estuary presumably carried here via the Manchester Ship Canal.

The warm weather brought out the butterflies with plenty of Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Orangetip.

Observers: Alyn Chambers (images 2), WSM (images 1 & 3-9).

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