The roaring 20’s kicked off in style with one of several Cetti’s Warbler singing in the changes at dawn along Brook Furlong Lane.
A movement of c400 Pink-footed Goose were heading out to feeding grounds to the north-east in the glow of a rising sun, while flocks of Eurasian Wigeon were heading from inland sites to spend the day on the Mersey Estuary.
The 1st winter Greater Scaup was with a mixed flock of 60 Tufted Duck (also 2-3 white blazed imm tufties in the same flock) and 10 Common Pochard. The female Long-tailed Duck was hiding below the jetty and 14 Common Goldeneye were also present. The Eurasian Teal flock were much reduced and small numbers of Common Shelduck, Gadwall and Mallard were also present. A pair of Stonechat were out in the morning sunrise.
A walk to Marsh Farm produced 3 Cattle Egret still keeping their bovine friends company. The salt marshes on Frodsham Score had 3 Great Egret with several Little Egret scattered about. Birds of prey featured the usual array of Common Buzzard and Kestrel, a female Merlin and a Marsh Harrier.
The 20 strong Whooper Swan herd by Lordship Lane were with 2 Mute Swan, but unfortunately the activity of fireworks over night may have encouraged the Bewick’s Swan to make an early departure.
A look over No.6 tank swa 176 Northern Shoveler, c600 Eurasian Teal, 2 Common Goldeneye, 67 Tufted Duck, and presumably the same 1st winter Greater Scaup from the Weaver Estuary as seen earlier? Also 26 Northern Pintail and 17 Common Pochard.
A birders map of Frodsham Marsh for copy and paste onto your phone for future visits.
A dredger was discharging silt from a huge pipe into the Weaver Estuary, all this activity dislodged a Common Sandpiper that flew up the ship canal to the west.
Observers: Paul Ralston (images, WSM (map & images 1-13).