A 21.5 klm walk down to the Frodsham Marsh and back didn’t shake the foundations of the birding estabishment, but it did reacquaint us with the back lanes of the marsh.
A Common Chiffchaff was skulking along Cowhay Lane above Clifton, and a view across to Weston Marsh lagoon revealed c500 Northern Lapwing and c300 Black-headed Gull. A Sparrowhawk made good its ambush technique attacking the passerines here.
A Cetti’s Warbler was along the Weaver Navigation by Clifton Boat club, a new locality for this species.
A dead Badger by Frodsham Swing Bridge was a sad but regular spot for their demise.
Walking along Moorditch Lane produced a late Common Darter and some bumblebees enjoyed a last hurrah before the gales set in this weekend. Winter thrushes were still blouting their bellies with berries, and were a little wiser to weather lore than the flying invertebrates on the wing.
No.6 tank had much larger numbers of ducks with the usual suspects being more than evident. The elder bushes at the junction of No.6 and No.3 tanks had another Common Chiffchaff. Our walk continued up to the ‘phalarope pool’ which still had 121 Eurasian Teal, 6 Mallard and 2 Northern Shoveler. Smaller skeins of Pink-footed Goose were moving about locally.
A female Merlin zapped past en route to Frodsham Score and the female Peregrine headed out to Hale head from the blue topped chimney at Weston Point while the male stayed put.
Observers: JS & WSM.