A day off work and finally some time to do my WeBS count for Frodsham Marsh’s No.6 tank.
I decided to cover the south side of the tank with the sun to my back and a cooling wind in my face.
A large flock of Black-tailed Godwit still had some very smart looking summer plumage birds. Eventually during my watch the numbers increased reaching an impressive c800 birds. The flock was scattered around the water and all looked content with their lot. Dunlin have also increased steadily and eventually reached c1000 birds with several juveniles amoungst their throng. I was hoping for the first Curlew Sandpiper of the coming season but they’re holding back for now. The Common Redshank numbers have remained constant through July and early August, so it’s only a matter of time before they start to increase in earnest.
The Wood Sandpiper has found a nice little spot with the Common Redshank along the reedy margins to the south bank and is virtually impossible to see from that spot. The rank vegetation is so thick it would be too disturbing to the waders to even try to view from that side. I suggest if you are looking for it then view from the north bank and check below the distant banks.
An increase in the numbers of Common Ringed Plover to c80 birds is really nothing compared to the 1000’s at this time of year in the 1980′-90’s. I managed a few Little Ringed Plover photo’s until my SD card corrupted itself and had to be reformatted, losing all my shots.
There were at least 3 Garganey dodging through the godwit flocks and Eurasian Teal reached 50 birds, 40 Northern Shoveler, 11 Gadwall (with broods), Tufted Duck (with broods), 12 Little Grebe and the two remaining juvenile Black-necked Grebe, 14 Mallard, 23 Common Shelduck (with broods) and 45 Eurasian Coot made up a pretty good bonanza.
A Marsh Harrier with a full crop flew over dislodging the Dunlin from their busy feeding schedule and the big female Peregrine sat on top of the lip of the blue chimney over at Weston Point.
Painted Lady butterflies continue to impress with their usual partners Gatekeepr, Red Admiral and Peacock and several Black-tailed Chaser, Migrant Hawker and Ruddy Darter were along the track.
Observer video and images: WSM.