A long weekend off and a long walk around the marsh early this morning. I started with a look over the Mersey estuary from the Manchester Ship Canal at Ellesmere Port where a Little Egret and a Grey Heron fished side by side.
Kingfisher seem to be on the move with two seen on the ship canal and another seen later on the River Weaver. A couple of Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff were making their way along Brook Furlong Lane, meanwhile a Eurasian Jay was foraging nearby a pair of Stonechat on the fence along the pipeline on No.1 tank.
On the River Weaver were Tufted Duck, Eurasian Teal and Mallard were present with c200 Common Redshank and a dozen Black-tailed Godwit and a Kingfisher landed on a post for a short while before moving up the river. Two Common Sandpiper were noted on the ship canal, while 4 Raven were perched on the remains of a jetty waiting for a Great Black-backed Gull to have its fill of laid to waste mutton from a sheep carcass at the waters edge.
Looking out over the Mersey estuary a flock of c40 Pied Avocet were feeding in a tidal channel and 3 Great Crested Grebe were flying west along the river with 2 more on the canal.
The rain showers turned to being more persistent making it difficult to use my optics, but walking past the ‘phalarope pool’ I saw 8 Black-tail Godwit, c 30 Eurasian Teal, 4 Gadwall, 4 Common Shelduck and a pair of Mute Swan were feeding in the shallow water. A quick look over No.6 and c700 Black-tailed Godwit were huddled together with c80 Northern Lapwing and several Common Redshank the usual ducks were present.
Sunrise over Frodsham Marsh.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.