We took a long walk (12 miles) to cover the eastern side of Frodsham Marsh today starting from Frodsham Bridge past the Quay and out by the Bailey Bridge that crosses the River Weaver just east of the Weaver Bend. The old track from Frodsham Bridge brought back many memory from my early childhood before all the housing estates were built and when an old farm stood there, but time and tide wait for no man and we continued to the Weaver Bend. An hour or so spent here was great watching some of the 40 Pied Avocet present (with more birds along the line of the river) persistentaly mobbing a pair of Great Black-backed Gull that were waiting to snatch one of the bold ranging young avocets. A Little Ringed Plover was noted along with numerous Northern Lapwing.
It was enjoyable to see several hundred non-breeding Black-headed Gull along the river and out to the Weaver Estuary. A pair of Great Crested Grebe were proudly carrying their chick pillion on their backs, obviously cautious of the beady eye of the black-backs. There were 23 Mute Swan on the river.
Walking off the marsh from the south-east corner of No.1 tank and the ‘mixed singer’ Willow Warbler was again proclaiming its territory to both other Willow’s and…err, Chiffchaff.
Observers: JS & WSM (images 1-2).
Sightings from my walk around the marsh this morning.
After avoiding a Hedgehog on Marsh Lane I headed to No.6 tank. On the
tank were 14 Common Ringed Plover, 52 Dunlin and 17 Pied Avocet were joined by 19 Red Knot and 2 Western Yellow Wagtail seen.
A further Western Yellow Wagtail was by the ‘phalarope pool’, which held a drake
A Spotted Flycatcher appeared in the trees on the south bank of No. 4
tank along Lordship Lane.
Moving down to the Weaver Estuary, 45 Pied Avocet were on the banks with a
further 58 at the Weaver Bend, along with a Little Ringed Plover.
The pipes on No. 1 tank held a Northern Wheatear and 3 European Stonechat.
Counts from across the Marsh included 11 Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Willow
Warbler, 12 Common Chiffchaff, 27 Sedge Warbler, 29 Reed Warbler, 10 Blackcap
and 23 Common Whitethroat.
Observer: Alyn Chambers (images 3-4).