As it was a bit busy over at Marsh Farm with birders searching for the Rosy Starling (here for its third day) and the Eurasian Starling flock being over on the other side of the Manchester Ship Canal, I decided to have a walk out to the Weaver Bend. Plenty of Black-headed Gull were feeding with quite a few juveniles.
On the way back I picked out a much smaller gull but couldn’t get any details on it before it disappeared. Later in the day I returned with my camera only to find it feeding really close in to the river bank and it was a 1st summer Little Gull.(thanks to Alan Conlin for his assistance with id). Great to watch as it delicately picked flies and midges off the water surface.
Observer: Sean (strikes again) O’Hara (images 1-3).
An after work visit and we walked along Brook Furlong Lane where the two ‘mixed singer’ Willow Warbler were at the old birdlog and the now obselete new birdlog. A Cetti’s Warbler blasted away from the hedgerow.
At the farm the Eurasian Starling flock were absent so after a short wait we walked back and went down to the River Weaver after Sean’s Little Gull.
We stopped off briefly to watch the two European Stonechat at the south-west corner of No.1 tank. When we arrived at the river the Little Gull wasn’t available to view, but it was brilliant to see c1000 Black-headed Gull rise from the Weston Marsh tank in panic flight (didn’t see their tormentor).
A further scan of the river revealed a 2nd summer Mediterreanean Gull and c2000
Common Swift were over the river, fields and above the blue topped chimney.
Observers: JS & WSM (images 4-9).
A flock of c300 Eurasian Starling were feeding over the far side of the Manchester Ship Canal but the ‘rosy’ wasn’t amongst them.
A flock of c60 Pied Avocet were seen in the same area.
A pair of Common Shelduck were on the canal with their brood were targeted by the Lesser Black-backed Gull and while one parent flew up to meet the attacker another gull swooped in to steal a shelduckling The Pied Avocet nesters were busy trying to drive off the attacking gulls.
Tufted Duck, Mallard, Common Shelduck and Gadwall were all present in decent figure with large numbers of Canada Goose and their young. A Sparrowhawk was on patrol over the Redwall reedbed.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 10-14).
Please remember Frodsham Marsh is a working site and I have included (in shaded pink) the area where the Rosy Starling frequents. Please note this area is part of Peel’s wind farm and there is no access. Please keep our relationship with the tenant farmer cordial by not walking along the banks or through the grazing fields. Watch from the bend in the track beyond the first cattle grid along Alder Lane leading to Marsh Farm.
Many thanks, Bill