A collective assesment from Frodsham Marsh today incorporating my WeBs count for the marsh is included. The herd of Whooper Swan have increased by five adults to 26 birds out by the westbound carriageway of the M56 on Lordship Marsh (PR). Along Lordship Lane the family of 4 Bewick’s Swan had returned in fields below the south east corner of No.4 tank (WSM).
Frodsham Score had 3 Great Egret and a handful of Little‘s with small numbers of Pink-footed Goose moving about (there were two dead on No.6 tank presumably under suspicious circumstances).
No.6 tank had a female Common Goldeneye with 12 Tufted Duck, 11 Common Pochard, 6 Northern Pintail, 31 Northern Shoveler, 25 Common Shelduck, 430 Eurasian Teal and 34 Mallard. Also present were 112 Black-tailed Godwit.
No.3 tank including the mitigation pools, Canal Pools, ‘phalarope pool’ and the ‘splashing pool’ had 65 Eurasian Teal with 21 Northern Shoveler, 98 Eurasian Coot and c340 Canada Goose. Twenty Common Raven made short work of a dead sheep abandoned there. Another Raven lay dead in the field…makes you wonder?
A flock of c2000 European Golden Plover were on Ince Marsh Fields with in excess of 3000 Northern Lapwing in the area. A flock of 34 Black-tailed Godwit flew over.
Hare’s Lane again produced the wintering 3 Green Sandpiper in a much smaller pool than their previous one which is drying out fast.
The fields were buzzing with both Fieldfare and Redwing taking advantage of the flooded fields bringing up the worms. At Marsh Farm an adult Mediterranean Gull flew over (MG).
At dusk a watch from and along the Weaver Bend saw 3 Short-eared Owl quartering the wooded former I.C.I sludge tank. The Weaver Estuary had 10 Mute Swan, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 140 Tufted Duck, 26 Common Goldeneye, 300 Canada Goose and 16 Gadwall.
Observers: Paul Ralston, Mark Gibson, and WSM (videos).