I got a text from Sean O’Hara who is currently riding high on finding his third good Frodsham Marsh bird this year with a moulting drake Greater Scaup. We walked along Moorditch Lane and out along the northern banks of No.6 tank where Sean was already in situ and the sea duck was with a loose flock of 150 Tufted Duck and 4 Common Pochard.
After having our fill of the drake we headed out to the ‘phalarope pool’ where the long staying Green Sandpiper was performing well. A flock of beautifully dressed Black-tailed Godwit were busy feeding with 34 Northern Lapwing and an assorment of Eurasian Teal, Gadwall and Mallard.
Walking back and a small flock of Black-tailed Godwit were feeding in one of the scrapes in the middle of No.3 tank and Common Swift and many hirundines were quite obvious flying low over the fields.
A look over No.6 tank on our way off the marsh and the scaup and tufties were no longer present, presumably headed back to the River Weaver. A visit to that area later by Paul Ralston drew a blank on the ducks there, but the activity of a dredger may have moved them elsewhere.
Observers: Sean O’Hara (video 3), JS & WSM (video 1-2 & images 1-8).
No luck with the scaup on the River Weaver this evening with very few ducks at all on the water. Much later a flock of c1000 Black-tailed Godwit were dislodged from their feeding mudflats by the evening tide.
There were 4 Common Sandpiper and Common Redshank feeding at the edge of the Weaver Estuary. Common Swift were numerous flashing past within touching distance as I disturbed insects from my pathway by Marsh Farm. There were also House and Sand Martin joining in feeding up before their long trek south.
A flock of c1000 Black-tailed Godwit were feeding on the exposed mud on the Mersey Estuary alongside hundreds of Common Shelduck, huge numbers of Canada Goose with Common Redshank and Eurasian Curlew.
A large flock of gulls mostly Black-headed Gull took to the air as a Peregrine cruised by and a less intimidating Common Kestrel sat on a salt bin while its partner hovered above.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 9-13).
It was interesting to see Deo-Gloria dregder pumping sludge back into the Weaver Estuary by the Weaver Sluice gates, or were they just clearing their tanks? WSM.