I took time out to check the flooded field to the south-east of Frodsham Swing bridge and saw 32 Black-tailed Godwit and 22 Eurasian Teal. The pools (images 2-3) look an interesting sideshow, so somewhere to keep an eye on this summer.
A walk along Brook Furlong Lane and then a quick look over the pipes that cross No.1 tank. On this occasion there wasn’t much to occupy my time so I continue along the track to the River Weaver. On arrival the river was alive with birds and I managed a count of 4 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Coot, 23 Eurasian Teal, 106 Tufted Duck with 4 Goldeneye, 9 Common Pochard, 10 Mallard and a large gaggle of Canada Goose.
There were plenty of Lapwing settled on the banks of the Weaver estuary with c40 Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Redshank, 3 Oystercatcher, the wintering Common Sandpiper finally seeing in the Spring and a lonely Ringed Plover.
After seeing what I wanted I headed back along Brook Furlong where 3 Chiffchaff were belting out their tunes with Goldcrest and Long-tailed Tit along the hedgerow.
Looking across No.6 tank and the ducks were hiding mostly in the flooded daisy beds but I did wheedle out 96 Shoveler, 23 Gadwall, 12 Mallard, 14 Common Shelduck, 120 Eurasian Teal, 6 Tufted Duck. A flurry of Lapwing and Golden Plover had to contend with an over flying yellow four winged model aircraft buzzing their tide roost.
The wintering ‘ringtail’ Hen Harrier which has shared hunting either side of the river since it first appeared here last autumn was again hunting the reed beds before settling in the open boggy area of the tank. Also seen was one of the four Marsh Harrier quartering the area yet again.
Raven were again benefiting from the surplus amount of dead mutton and fresh still-born Spring lambs scattered widely across the area.
With Storm Freya heading our way it was interesting to see her brewing on the distant westerly horizon with formations of lenticular clouds adding to the menace.
Observer: WSM (images 2 – 9).
Paul Crawley (images 1 & 10-12) pics from Marsh Farm.