I was out early doors starting at Godscroft Lane where yet another Brown Hare crossed my path as I parked the car.
On to Lordship Lane which was full of singing Reed and Sedge Warbler filling the morning air before being put in their place by the sudden blast from a Cetti’s Warbler and normal service was resumed. Nesting begins in earnest and Common Whitethroat and Reed Bunting busy building while nearby a Kestrel was hunting the bank.
The Welsh hills could be seen in the distance with a covering of snow and Frodsham Marsh felt the effects of the cold, but it was bright encouraging the birds to start breed and nest.
Looking over the reed bed on No.6 tank both Marsh and Hen Harrier were seen at the same time quartering the beds for food. Further on a dozen or more Avocet (plus c40 Black-tailed Godwit were about) chasing anything that invaded their.
On the waters of No.6 Common Shelduck, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Eurasian Teal and Gadwall were all present alongside a single Mute Swan and several Little Grebe. The c200 Black-tailed Godwit were roosting at the water’s edge and the small Black-headed Gull were sitting tight on their nests. Back along Lordship Lane and 2 Common Swift were hawking over the bank many Barn Swallow and a few Sand Martin, plus another Common Swift was seen over Helsby on my drive home.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 5).
I took the late morning shift and walked along the track on No.5 tank before watching over the flooded eastern side f the sludge tank. A brief chat to Jacqui and Idris Roberts I managed to tick off Common Swift for the summer with several hawking over head. There were numerous Sand Martin and Barn Swallow over, but House Martin have still not arrived here yet.
A couple of Marsh Harrier included the winter individual still lacking some primary feathers and its broken leg. Two pairs of Kestrel and two Common Buzzard were using the updrafts from the bank to provide lift.
There were the usual duck species and 143 Black-tailed Godwit are happily feeding here and a Whimbrel flew pasr calling. A first year Mediterranean Gull flew over heading to the Mersey estuary.
Observer: WSM (image 6).
I paid a visit to Marsh Farm and there was a female Northern Wheatear on No.1 tank and a female Marsh Harrier alighted from the small reed bed with prey in it’s talons.
The Weaver had Common Swift feeding as did the south bank of No.6 with Swallow and a single House Martin were also present. Blackcap, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Common Whitethroat and Pied Wagtail were all over the marsh and another female Marsh Harrier was hunting over No.6.
Lordship Marsh had another 2 female Northern Wheatear and that was about it during my 5 hour stint.
Observer: Paul Crawley (images 7-9).