A four mile hike via Moorditch Lane to No.5, No.6, No.3 & No.4 tank.
There was only 3 drake Common Pochard still present on No.6 tank from last evening with an assortment of lazing aythea’s. A flock of 732 Black-tailed Godwit were scattered widely at the western edge of the shallow pool on the sludge tank with a solitary Bar-tailed Godwit still lingering with them. They eventually peeled away back to the estuary during the evening.
The overgrown/dried out mitigation pools hid a few ducks on the back pools but apart from visiting Ringed Plover and 2 preening Avocet the area was left to the blanket of encroaching nettles and thistles (…and breath!).
Although Frodsham Marsh is rich in a high density of commoner breeding warbler species the absence for the second year running of Cuckoo is worrying. It would be nice to hear or see one before they head back. A Yellow Wagtail flew over adding a dab of summer colour.
It was typical of the way the wind direction can change as of last evening it was in the north-east and this evening in completely the opposite direction.
Observers: Sparky & WSM (images 1-3)
A few additions to the days birding on the marsh include: A Cetti’s Warbler and Marsh Harrier and a selection of butterflies which included: Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Small White, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady and Green-veined White’s. A Brown Hawker Dragonfly was seen at two separate locations.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 4-7).