Spring on Frodsham Marsh

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A couple of nests of a Canada Goose pairs. One has obviously taken advantage of a life ring and the other hasn’t.

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A Common Shelduck flys over Frodsham Score and for the species April/May is one of their best months with large numbers arriving to breed here.

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Not all cowboys are birders and not all birders are cowboys ;O)

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A view from the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal.

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Hundreds of Black-tailed Godwit waiting the tide out on the salt marsh.

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One of the most ubiquitous species of duck in the summer months is the Gadwall

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Like a gang of hoodlums these Raven are hanging out on Frodsham Score and reached a total of c250 today.

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The area where the Manchester Ship Canal and the Weaver estuary converge.

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Wheatear numbers are increasing daily and c40 birds were present today.

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Common Buzzard are the most numerous raptor on the marshes.

Images 1-19 by Shaun Hickey.

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Black-headed Gull pairs are nesting here for the first time in several years.

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A Peacock Butterfly and Orange-tip were two of the species found widely on the marsh and Shaun saw a Brimstone.

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A Garden Orb Spider

Images 20-23 by Paul Crawley.

21.04.19. Birdlog.

I was out this morning with a start at Ince. There was plenty of  Blackcap, Greater Whitethroat and Chiffchaff all seen and heard with 2 Reed Warbler singing in the reed bed with Swallow flew overhead.

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The pools held 17 Mallard, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Common Shelduck, 2 Little Grebe, 6 Coot and 3 Moorhen. The Manchester Ship Canal held more of the same plus many Canada Goose and a single Mute Swan.

On to the Canal Pools and the Mute Swan pair are back on their territory they used last year, but don’t appear to be nesting just yet. More Tufted Duck, Mallard, Common Shelduck and Gadwall were noted, with the addition of a Great Crested Grebe.

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Several Eurasian Skylark, 2 Common Snipe and a Northern Wheatear were around the ponds with 2 more Wheatear seen near to the ‘phalarope pool’. The Eurasian Coot must have slipped away from its nest unseen and left its clutch exposed.

A Cetti’s Warbler was heard on No.4 tank and a Common Buzzard was running around chasing insects on the sand extraction area, and was joined by a second bird.

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The bushes along Lordship Lane were full of singing Blackcap, Greater Whitethroat and Chiffchaff with several Reed Bunting being noted. There was another Coot which sat tight on its nest on in the Holpool Gutter. The fields alongside the gutter were free from any Mute Swan for the first time in a few months. A Common Buzzard took off clutching what looked like a Blackbird and made its way to the wood near the incinerator plant.

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Earlier this morning I visited a site in Alvanley where 6 Northern Wheatear were fresh in for the summer but were outnumbered by a flock of winter Fieldfare feeding in the same field.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images).

There was c30 Northern Wheatear on Frodsham Score during this afternoon’s WeBS count per Shaun Hickey (image 1).

A couple of Marsh Harrier and a ringtail Hen Harrier ere on No.6 tank in the afternoon per Arthur Harrison.

A Common Sandpiper flew down the River Weaver and the Avocet flock flew over the other side of the Weaver. A single Swallow flew over the river dipping in for a drink a few times.

Observer: Paul Crawley.