27.02.22. Birdlog.

Images from Twitter.

We took a walk along Moorditch Lane with its gathering of 21 Common Moorhen and a couple of Cetti’s Warbler were calling from the scrub wood.

No.6 tank had its usual array of ducks which included 257 Eurasian Teal, 4 Northern Pintail, 98 Northern Shoveler, 43 Common Shelduck and some Gadwall. The adult Whooper Swan from yesterday was still present without its junior companion. The herd of 27 Whooper Swan were also present on Lordship Marsh – per Arthur Harrison. Arthur was fortunate to spot a Red Kite over Manley Road just south of Frodsham and c7 European Stonechat on the marsh.

Observer: JS & WSM.

Paul’s twitter account from today with images.

I called at Ince where I could see c2000 Pink-footed Goose out on the salt marshes. There were 4 Western Cattle Egret, 10 Little Egret, numerous Pied Wagtail and a Great Spotted Woodpecker was drumming.

Observer: Paul Ralston.

26.02.22. Birdlog.

Leucistic Pink-footed Goose.

I started at Rake Lane this morning where a small flock of Reed Bunting and Eurasian Skylark were in the fields along the lane and c30 Eurasian Curlew were foraging at the junction of the lane and Lordship Lane. A large mixed flock of European Goldfinch and Linnet were feeding on the bank of No.4 tank which were watched over by a Common Kestrel.

The stubble field alongside the Holpool Gutter held more Curlew plus 11 Common Snipe and 6 Common Shelduck.

Looking over Frodsham Score with hundreds of Pink-footed Goose were grazing alongside the many Canada Goose on the salt marsh. Common Raven and Great Black-backed Gull were doing a great job of cleaning up the deceased lamb casualties left on the marsh. There were 2 Great Egret and several Little Egret being noted foraging in the gullies.  A Canada x Greylag hybrid was resting on the Manchester Ship Canal amongst the many Mallard and Tufted Duck on the water.

The ‘phalarope pool’ held decent numbers of Eurasian Teal, Mallard and Northern Shoveler.

The Whooper Swan herd of 27 were back in the field close to Lordship Lane with 2 Greylag and a single Mute Swan with them.

Cattle Egrets, Ince by Paul Ralston.

I called at Ince on my way home and 4 Western Cattle Egret and 15 Little Egret were along Marsh Lane. The ponds held a decent number and selection of ducks teal, mallard, gadwall, tufted duck and a pair of wigeon were present.

Observer: Paul Ralston (video).

Tweet from 12.02.22 and from today.

While PR was doing his birding I walked in from Marsh Lane and then along Hare’s Lane where two Green Sandpiper were again in the flooded fields. Along the lane were 5 European Stonechat.

Like Paul had seen the Whooper Swan herd was still in the fields on Lordship Lane with 2 Mute Swan.

The score had several hundred Pink-footed Goose with a leucistic bird with them. A couple of Great Egret were on the river with several thousand Dunlin and hundreds of Eurasian Curlew. A Eurasian Skylark was singing high above and Cetti’s Warbler were busy proclaiming their territories.

No.6 tank had a juvenile Mute hanging out with an adult Whooper Swan. There were 47 Tufted Duck, 26 Common Pochard, 5 Northern Pintail, 67 Northern Shoveler and c300 Eurasian Teal.

Observer: WSM (videos).

21, 22 & 23.02.22. Birdlog.

21.02.22. Birdlog.

A couple of Short-eared Owl were present by the model aircraft field off Lordship Lane this afternoon – per Phil Barker.

22.02.22. Birdlog.

An after work visit to the Holpool Gutter and Ince. There were 2000 Northern Lapwing with a similar number of Common Starling. Also 4 Common Shelduck, 5 Common Snipe, numerous Pied Wagtail, 2 Mistle Thrush, a Fieldfare, Sparrowhawk and Common Buzzard. Rooms activity is increasing with nest building and nearby were 20 Little Egret and 40 Eurasian Curlew in the fields by Marsh Lane, Ince.

Observer: Paul Ralston.

23.02.22. Birdlog.

A quick after work visit to Ince where 27 Little and 3 Western Cattle Egret were active in Marsh Lane. Ince.

Observer: Paul Ralston.

20.02.22. Birdlog.

I started my walk at No.6 tank this morning with wet and windy weather again, so not the best viewing conditions. Mallard 45, Eurasian Teal 150, Gadwall 11, Northern Shoveler c70, Tufted Duck c55, Common Pochard 25, and 10 Moorhen. No.3 held 80 Eurasian Coot,, 61 Common Shelduck, 11 Pink-footed Goose, 8 Canada Goose, c250 Eurasian Oystercatcher, 1 Eurasian Curlew. The ‘phalarope pool’ and the splashing pool held 63 Eurasian Teal, 15 Mallard, 11 Northern Shoveler, 5 Gadwall and a Greylag with a white domestic type companion.

I walked around the stubble field by the Holpool Gutter which had 2000 Northern Lapwing, 1500 European Golden Plover, 8 Common Snipe, 12 Black-tailed Godwit and a possible Water Pipit was seen flying away from me, but I couldn’t be certain. 2 Common Chiffchaff were foraging in a hedgerow alongside the field .

Two Cetti’s Warbler were singing on the bank on No.4 . The Whooper Swan herd could not be seen from Lordship Lane but I stopped off at Plovers Lane and scanned the marsh from there the herd could be seen in the distance but were hidden from view by trees, so an accurate count was not possible.

I Moved on to Ince with more Mallard, 30 Teal, c60 Gadwall, c55 Coot, 22 Moorhen, 5 Mute Swan, 19 Little Egret, 2 Western Cattle Egret,  a Brown hare was noted during my walk .

Observers: Paul Ralston.

19.02.22. Birdlog.

A wet miserable morning on the Weaver Bend with c150 Common Redshank, 6 Eurasian Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 12 Common Goldeneye and 11 Mute Swan.. The Mersey Estuary had numerous Common Redshank, Eurasian Curlew, Dunlin, 15 Pied Avocet. Over at Ince there were 21 Little Egret and 4 Western Cattle Egret.

Observer,: Paul Ralston.

15.02.22. Birdlog.

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Part of the Avocet flock.

An early start and a late finish on the marsh today. I started off looking over No.6 tank where 114 Tufted Duck, 38 Common Pochard, 24 Northern Pintail, 245 Eurasian Teal, 78 Common Shelduck, 31 Mallard and 3 Gadwall. A Common Chiffchaff was contact calling from the bank. Nearby No.5 tank had loads of newly born lambs with a Common Buzzard walking over the rough earth looking for worms and avoiding the curious over excited lambs.

A lookout at Frodsham Score produced 3 Great Egret, c1000 Pink-footed Goose, c80 Common Raven, Black-tailed Godwit, 52 Pied Avocet, 34 Grey Plover, 100 European Golden Plover, several thousand Northern Lapwing, 300 Eurasian Curlew, c500 Eurasian Wigeon, 6 Great Crested Grebe and 2 Western Marsh Harrier.

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Lordship Marsh continues to hold onto its 29 Whooper Swan grazing on the grass while c1000 gulls were busy following a tractor by Hillview Farm.

A Green Sandpiper was in the flooded field along Hare’s Lane.

A watch at dusk looking at the reed beds encouraged 7 different Western Marsh Harrier came into roost, but it was difficult to get a more accurate count due to birds entering and leaving their roost on numerous occasions before they all settled down for the night.

A Short-eared Owl was on the banks at the Weaver Bend also at dusk.

Observer: WSM (images).

A potential tristis Chiffchaff was at the sewage treatment plant, Marsh Lane, Ince – per Steve Kent aka @swkpg .

13.02.22. Birdlog.

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Whooper Swans.

I was out mid morning from Ince and then by No.4 tank. A large mixed flock of finches included Linnet, European Goldfinch and a few Lesser Redpoll feeding along Marsh Lane.

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Cattle Egret.

The clay shoot was busy but it did not bother the egrets with 18 Little feeding amongst the pigs with 2 Western Cattle Egret were on Goldfinch Meadows LNR amongst the many Common Moorhen and Common Coot which foraged in a field. The pools were quiet with just a handful of Eurasian Teal, Mallard, Northern Shoveler and Gadwall were present.

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Great Egret.

Onward to the Manchester Ship Canal where 2 large groups of Common Coot were grazing on the bank c80 birds in all. Out on the salt marsh were Canada Goose and Pink-footed Goose being numerous. A single Great Egret made its way across the marsh and over the canal.

The stubble field alongside the Holpool Gutter was unusually quiet with no Northern Lapwing or European Golden Plover, just a dozen or so Eurasian Curlew and a small flock of Black-tailed Godwit.

The ‘phalarope pool’ was no different with a few Eurasian Teal, 2 Northern Shoveler and 2 drake Northern Pintail on the water.

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Whooper Swan.

The Whooper Swan herd was grazing on Lordship Marsh with Common Starling and Fieldfare feeding amongst them.

Walking back to Ince and two birders were searching the stubble field alongside the gutter I guess looking for the recently reported Water Pipit?

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.Β 

12.02.22. Birdlog.

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Little Egret at Ince.

A quick visit to Marsh Farm where a pair of European Stonechat were along Alder Lane. Numerous Common Raven and 2 Common Buzzard patrolling the lambing fields for tasty bits of placenta. A flock of c 100 Eurasian Curlew left the salt marsh and settled near to the farm.

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more egrets.

At Ince there were 19 Little Egret, 1 Western Cattle Egret, 30 Common Moorhen and 27 Common Coot.

Observer: Paul Ralston (image 1-2).

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Whooper Swan at Spike Island.

Further upriver from Frodsham Marsh the resident female Whooper Swan appears to have rode the avian flu outbreak at Spike Island enough to show her vocal affections to any Mute Swan who got close to her. Also several blue ringed Black-headed Gull and 18 Tufted Duck.

Another blue ringed Black-headed Gull was at Heath Park lake, Runcorn – per WSM (3 image).

10.02.22. Birdlog.

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Ravens and Hale Lighthouse.

I made my way at dawn to look over from the footbridge that crosses the M56 at the bottom of Smithy Lane, Helsby. Apart from a couple of Pink-footed Goose and some distant Whooper Swan I decided to use the public rights of way and continued over to Lower Rake Lane and then onto Lordship Lane.

29 Whooper Swans.

When I arrived opposite the field below the south east corner of No.4 tank it was with some surprise to make a count of 29 Whooper Swan and they were close to my position for me to get some great views.

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Pink-footed Geese.

I then made my way over to look across to Frodsham Score where there were c5000 Pink-footed Goose but the chilly north westerly wind made viewing conditions difficult. A single Barnacle Goose was picked out from the mass of grey geese with several hundred Canada’s beefing up the scene. A Great Egret flew over from the east and small numbers of Little Egret were scattered across the salt marsh.

Ravens galore.

The Common Raven numbers have been swollen recently with the lambing season producing either dead lambs/ewes and high tides drowning sheep out by the river. It is always enjoyable to watch them riding the windy updrafts from the banks. One particular dead ewe attracted the attention of 51 Raven which recycled the meat into energy for themselves .

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Barnacle Goose.

Adding to all of this drama was an adult Peregrine drifting over and displacing hundreds of Northern Lapwing from their shelter and a Western Marsh Harrier.

No.6 tank was busy with contractors working on the south banks and ducks trying to keep out of the cold wind. A flock of 140 Tufted Duck, 25 Common Pochard, 56 Common Shelduck, c400 Eurasian Teal, 112 Northern Pintail, 24 Mallard and 12 Gadwall. A gathered feeding group of 78 Common Coot were on the banks of the Canal Pools. Several flocks of Black-tailed Godwit were feeding in the soggy fields and European Golden Plover were resent.

The two Green Sandpiper were busy feeding on the flash pools along Hare’s Lane.

Observer: JS & WSM (video and images).

08.02.22. Birdlog.

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Lapwings at dusk – WSM.

An odd afternoon with some surprises on Frodsham Marsh today. I managed a Frodder’s tick in the form 2 Jack Snipe which were flushed along with 14 Common Snipe near fields by The Lum, get in!

A Peregrine flushed all the birds from Weston Marsh Lagoon opposite the Weaver Bend where large numbers of gulls, 60 Northern Lapwing and 2 Ruff flew off.
As I arrived at the ‘bend’ a cracking male Goosander took flight and was watched flying over the motorway out of sight towards the east of Frodsham village looking as though it was heading behind Frodsham Hill (my first this century). There were 9 Common Goldeneye on river, and 3 Common Chiffchaff calling at various places.

Two Pipistrelle bats hawking by Marsh Lane motorway bridge was something I wasn’t expecting today!

Observer: Mark (whipper) Gibson