Frodsham Festival of Walks organised by Frodsham Town Council is a series of walks that take in some of the finest countryside in this part of Cheshire. Tonight was my turn to lead the section that covers Frodsham Marsh. Part two coming up on Sunday. I was ably assisted by three friends Bob Holland, Don Weedon and Gary Worthington who took up the rear (order, order).
We met on Brook Furlong Lane and after a brief health and safety chat I was joined by 55 walkers who faced a stiff cold north-westerly breeze sweeping across the marshes.
Our first call was the active N.6 sludge tank where a small party of Black-tailed Godwit were joined by 20 Dunlin and then 9 Whimbrel (although we only heard them as they flew by) dropped in with the godwits and Dunlin. A Marsh Harrier put in a good show and on several occasions it was harassed by the local corvids.
The mitigation pools on No.3 tank had a few species of duck with courting Gadwall, Common Teal, Shoveler and a late Wigeon.
The cool wind direction reduced the number of migrants but Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Reed and Sedge Warbler were fairly vocal.
The damp pools on Lordship Marsh had a Ringed Plover and a pair of Lapwing gave a couple of passing Lesser Black-backed Gull short shrift.
Observers: Frodsham Festival of Walkers, Bob Holland, Don Weedon, Gary Worthington & WSM (image 1). Image 2 by Paul Miller.