07.06.16. Birdlog

28.08.15. Painted Lady Butterfly, No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill MortonAfter work and a walk along the Painted Lady Butterfly littered track above No.6 tank and away from the pettiness of the day.

07.06.16. Avocet and chicks, No.3 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

A parent Avocet shielding its chicks from a marauding gull.

07.06.16. Ringed Plover chicks, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

The summering Black-tailed Godwit flock exceeded 500 birds in the recently rain supplemented water level on No.6 tank. Also present was a scattered flock of 15 Avocet with another 4 elsewhere (excluding two mobile chicks). The parent Ringed Plover pair still had 3 chicks which fed within the godwit flocks on the edge of the muddy areas. Two Dunlin were a little late moving north.

30.05.16. Great Crested Grebe, Tatton Mere, Tatton Park. Bill Morton (5)

Ducks were back to good numbers with an increase of Common Pochard numbering 13 drakes and two ducks. The arrival of a flock of 39 Common Teal were possibly part of a group displaced by a big tide out on the river and brought a Green-winged across the river to Carr Lane pools? Also present were 34 Gadwall, 23 Tufted Duck, 4 Shoveler and a pair of Great Crested Grebe.

07.06.16. 6th wind turbine on No.4 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

The 6th wind turbine is set in place on No.4 tank and awaiting its third rotor blade.

Observer: WSM (images 1-5).

07.06.16. Avocet and chicks, Frodsham Marsh. Colin Butler

Earlier Colin paid a visit and sent his sightings here:

07.06.16. Common Buzzard, Frodsham Marsh. Colin Butler

07.06.16. Reed Warbler, Frodsham Marsh. Colin ButlerI paid a visit this afternoon to the marsh. Although it was quiet it was nevertheless enjoyable. Whitethroat giving alarm calls obviously with young nearby. Reed and Sedge Warbler where much in evidence. One Common Buzzard was the only raptor noted with Raven seen. Six Avocet were a pleasant sight especially with two young feeding happily after their parents saw off a Gadwall.

Observer: Colin Butler (images 6-8).

Locally a Red Kite was over Malpas Crescent, Runcorn at 8.00 am per Don Weedon.

Frodsham Marsh Wind Farm in Photos #8

21.05.16. Turbines, Lordship Marsh, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2)21.05.16. Turbines, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (3)

A few additional images. The above from 21st where a segment of the fourth tower turbine is lifted into position…

21.05.16. Turbines, Lordship Marsh, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1)…and viewed from the north banks of No.6 tank.

23.05.16. Wind Turbines from No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (3)The rotor hub is lifted into position.

26.05.16. Still skyline from No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (6)

A flock of Black-tailed Godwits wheeled around after being disturbed by a passing raptor with the turbines situated on Lordship Marsh and the Growhow Works beyond.

28.05.16. 5th turbine on Lordship Marsh from No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1) 28.05.16. 5th turbine on Lordship Marsh from No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (4)

The third turbine erected with the rotor hub being fastened into position.

28.05.16. 5th turbine on Lordship Marsh from No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (5)

The hub being hoisted.

28.05.16. 5th turbine on Lordship Marsh from No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (6)

A closer view…

28.05.16. 5th turbine on Lordship Marsh from No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (9)

…and an even closer view.

28.05.16. Turbines, No.1 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2)

The finished product, one of two presently on No.1 (Cell 1) tank.

28.05.16. Turbine and the Weaver Estuary, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2)

The Weaver Estuary and one of the turbines towering over it.

29.05.16. Turbines from No.4 tank, Lordship Marsh, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

Some images added on and taken 29.05.16.

29.05.16. Turbines, Lordship Marsh, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

The above (three) images are of the turbines situated on Lordship Marsh.

29.05.16. Turbines, Lordship Marsh, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

All images by WSM.

Frodsham Marsh Wind Farm in Photos #7

18.05.16. Views of Frodsham Marsh from Oglet shore. Bill Morton (9)

16.05.16. Views of Frodsham Marsh from Oglet shore. Bill Morton (10)20.05.16. Wind Turbines from Pickerings Pasture. Bill Morton (2)A few views of the wind turbines from a different perspective across the river at Hale Head.

16.05.16. Wind farm, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1)The third turbine tower is erected over on Helsby marshes.

19.05.16. Turbines at Helsby Marsh from Hale head

The same turbine but from across the river at Hale Head.

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The first rotor blade inserted.

20.05.16. Wind Turbines from Pickerings Pasture. Bill Morton (1)

Then the third rotor blade finishes it off.

19.05.16. Wind turbine on Helsby Marsh from No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (3)19.05.16. Wind turbine on Helsby Marsh from No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (7)A view of the Helsby Marshes from No.6 tank at dusk.

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A view from Townfield Lane, Frodsham of the turbines.

All images WSM except image 9 which was taken by David Stewart.

Frodsham Marsh Wind Farm in Photos #6

12.05.16. Wind Turbine, No.1 tank construction, Frodsham Marsh.Tony Broome (4)

A series of more recent images of the first and second wind turbines and artistically captured by Tony Broome (images 1-4).

12.05.16. Wind Turbine, No.1 tank construction, Frodsham Marsh.Tony Broome (3) 12.05.16. Wind Turbine, No.1 tank construction, Frodsham Marsh.Tony Broome (1) 12.05.16. Wind Turbine, No.1 tank construction, Frodsham Marsh.Tony Broome (2)

The above images show the installation of the second turbine situated close to Marsh Farm, No.1 tank (Cell 1).

14.05.16. Wind Turbine, No.1 tank construction, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Crawley (2)

14.05.16. Wind Turbine, No.1 tank construction, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Crawley (1)These images by Paul Crawley (images 5-6) show pylons marching across the marsh and then a more modern power source at dawn with the illuminating lights at Weston Point.

Frodsham Marsh Wind Farm in Photos #5

07.05.16. Wind Turbine, No.1 tank construction, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (10)The first windmill is erected and towers over No.1 tank.

07.05.16. Wind Turbine, No.1 tank construction, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (6)

Imposing and viewable from across the river at Pickerings Pasture/ Hale Head and obviously from much closer to home.

05.05.16. Wind Turbine, No.1 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (5)

Viewed from No.6 tank.

05.05.16. Wind Turbine, No.1 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1)

07.05.16. Wind Turbine, No.1 tank from No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1)The orange cranne is installing the second tower also on No.1 tank and much closer to Marsh Farm.

07.05.16. Wind Turbine, No.1 tank construction, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1)

Marsh Farm is at the bottom left of the photograph.

If you have been birding, walking, cycling or generally enjoying the benefits of being out and about on Frodsham Marsh and you are approached by Servo Security  and they tell you that you are not permitted to be on the marsh tracks. Please ask them for their i.d/name and write down their details including vehicle registration. I will forward you complaints to the local authority and the wind farm committee. Please bare in mind under no circumstances is anyone permitted into the compound work areas.

02.05.16. Birdlog

02.05.16. Moorditch Lane, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2)

02.05.16. Wind turbine from No.6 tank off Moorditch Lane, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (6)A slow amble along Moorditch Lane where we bumped into Arthur H who we hadn’t seen for a while. It was a pleasant surprise and after a chat we continued our walk along Moorditch Lane. The contractors have again dug up the ramp track to No.5 tank after finding some faulty wiring so bypassing them we continued along Moorditch to join MacDuff at the junction of Lordship Lane.

The flooded stubble field close to the model aircraft flying field was holding a flock of Black-tailed Godwit and at least 12 Whimbrel were with them. Nearby, a Whinchat was perched up in the stubble but soon after found the barb wire fence much to its liking and sat out for long periods. A couple of Swift flew over heading north.

02.05.16. Whimbrel, Lordship Lane, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (14)

Just a few metres over the banks on No.6 tank were 6 Whimbrel which joined up with 500 Black-tailed Godwit, 120 Redshank, 4 Avocet and a couple of Ringed Plover. The flooded areas were alive with Common Shelduck and in comparison other duck species were in much lower numbers. Walking back along Moorditch Lane the banks facing south-east were alive with warblers and Whitethroat, Willow, Sedge and Chiffchaff all vied with each other to out sing themselves. There were several hundred hirundines hawking low over the track and in the late evening it started to have a feel that summer was almost upon us.

02.05.16. leucistic Jackdaw off Moorditch Lane, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1)

The partial leucistic Jackdaw was again present in the corvid flock roaming around the flooded fields adjacent to the M56 off Moorditch Lane.

02.05.16. Smooth Newt, Moorditch Lane, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (7)

A Smooth Newt was watched to climb out of the water channel into the area of one of the culverts. Arthur mentioned that he had seen at least three good-sized eels here last week.

02.05.16. Wind turbine from No.6 tank off Moorditch Lane, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1)

As featured yesterday the first instalment of the wind farm is gaining some notoriety. I thought the crane was very high but compared to the height of this machine even without its wings we’re in for an interesting period locally.

02.05.16. Whimbrel, Lordship Lane, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (12)

02.05.16. Rainbow over Moorditch Lane, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (3)Observers: Frank Duff, Sparky, WSM (all images).

01.05.16. Birdlog

01.05.16. Reed Warbler, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston (2)

Stepping out this morning before the change in the weather from Ince Berth around No.4 tank and through to No.6.  A selection of warblers including Whitethroat, Blackcap and Chiffchaff were in full voice as them sang along the Manchester Ship Canal path. A Common Sandpiper crossed the canal opposite the berth. On the canal itself and Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Mallard and Common Shelduck were loitering around. Out on the Frodsham Score both Raven and black-backed gulls fed side by side on the carcass of a calf with a couple of Common Buzzard on standby.

A couple of Marsh Harrier were seen quartering the reed beds and a Sparrowhawk flew overhead. Walking along the path around No.6 and 8 Avocet were feeding on a scrape near the mitigation pool on No.3 tank, while six held good numbers of Common Shelduck and Tufted Duck with a few Shoveler and Pochard. The waders were made up of a few hundred Black-tailed Godwit and a smaller flock of Dunlin and Redshank. There were 4 more Avocet seen here.

Walking along Lordship Lane both Sedge and Reed warbler were holding territory and a Kestrel hunted the bank. Back along the canal and Wheatear were keeping company with Whinchat.

27.12.15. Short-eared Owl, No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (31)

An additional note from yesterday evening involving my walk on the Gowy Meadows which produced 5 Short-eared Owl, 3 Whinchat and several Wheatear.

Observer: Paul Ralston (image 1).

01.05.16. Wind Farm tower as seen from Weston Road, Weston. Bill Morton (8)01.05.16. Wind Farm tower as seen from Weston Road, Weston. Bill Morton (9)

The first of the Wind Farm towers with hub attached as seen from Weston.

Images 2-4 by WSM.

Frodsham Marsh Wind Farm in Photos #4

26.04.16. Preparation of erecting tower for wind turbine from Cow Hey Lane, Rocksavage, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

26.04.16. Preparation for erecting tower on No.1 tank today, Frodsham Marsh. Bill MortonThe scale of the wind farm on Frodsham Marsh is hinted at by this crane hoisting components for the installation of just one of the turbines. This one is in the north-east corner of No.1 tank (Cell 1) overlooking the Weaver Estuary.

27.04.16. Crane hoisting the first tower on No.1 tank today, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton27.04.16. Crane hoisting the first tower on No.1 tank today, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (3)27th April saw the hoisting of the first tower (stanchion) base presumably it will come in 2-3 parts?

All images by WSM.

Frodsham Marsh Wind Farm in Photos #3

23.04.16. Wind Farm componants, No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (62) - Copy

One of the towers sat on a low loader ready for erecting as from the banks of No.5 tank (Cell 5).

23.04.16. Wind Farm componants, No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (58) - Copy

23.04.16. Wind Farm componants, No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (34) - Copy

23.04.16. Wind Farm componants, No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (31) - Copy23.04.16. Wind Farm componants, No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (24) - Copy23.04.16. Wind Farm componants, No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (17) - CopyWind turbine rotor blades.

23.04.16. Wind farm componants, No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (4) - Copy

The rotor blades lay ready for installation close to the power sub-station on No.5 tank.
23.04.16. Wind farm componants, No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (6) - Copy

The sub-station.

23.04.16. Wind Farm componants, No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (10) - Copy

23.04.16. Wind Farm componants, No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (21) - CopyThe sub-station, rotor blades, Nacelle and hubs ready and in place.

23.04.16. Wind Farm componants, No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (17) - Copy

The rotor blades in situ on No.1 tank.

23.04.16. Wind farm componants, No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (8) - Copy

Wind turbine hub and bases.

23.04.16. Hoisting crane for wind turbines, No.1 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (7)

The hoisting crane ready to erect wind turbines in the next few months. To give you some scale to the height of the turbines on No.1 tank.

23.04.16. Hoisting crane for wind turbines, No.1 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1)

All images by WSM.

Wind Farm in Photos #2

16.04.16. Arrival of lorry carrying wind turbine blade on No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (7)

16.04.16. Arrival of lorry carrying wind turbine blade on No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (17)The arrival this week of the first wind turbine blades to Frodsham Marsh got local and national media coverage so a few images taken today including a video (upload later).

16.04.16. Wind turbine blades, No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (15)

Components and blades in place and ready for assembly and how close they are to Frodsham village (the green swath on the hillside and the house to the left is my childhood home at Churchfields with St Laurence Church above).

16.04.16. Wind turbine blades, No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (13)

A view looking south-east to Frodsham from the north banks of No.5 tank (or cell 5 if you’re from Peel Energy).

16.04.16. Wind turbine blades, No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (7)

16.04.16. Wind turbine blades, No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (9)

Turbine blade.

16.04.16. Wind turbine blades on No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (7)

Components ferried in on a truck on No.5 tank.

16.04.16. Wind turbine blades, No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (5)

 

Turbines and cranes on No.5 tank (Cell 5).16.04.16. Wind turbine blades, No.1 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1)

16.04.16. Wind turbine blades, No.1 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (30)16.04.16. Wind turbine blades, No.1 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (44)16.04.16. Wind turbine blades, No.1 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (15)Turbine blades aligned for installation on No.1 tank (Cell 1).

16.04.16. Wind turbine blades, No.1 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (12)

Blue-topped chimney at Weston Point and components on No.1 tank.

16.04.16. Wind turbine blades, No.1 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (10)

Images 1-13 by WSM.

16.04.16. Wind turbine blades, No.1 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Crawley (2)

16.04.16. Wind turbine blades, No.1 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Crawley.Images 14 -15 by Paul Crawley.

A short video of a contractor delivering a rotor blade for one of the wind turbines on the marsh. https://vimeo.com/163104366