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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Drake teal profile

Excellent days birding at Frodsham marsh

The trip to Frodsham could not be described as uneventful. The weather played it's part - sunshine, very heavy rain (which tested the design capabilities of everyone's waterproof clothing - for some it went beyond its capabilities!) and wind, although fortunately it wasn't cold. Passerines were low in number - probably due to the weather - but we did see the now ever present Goldfinch plus Blue and Great Tits in the hedgerows. On the mud of number 6 Tank, we found a small flock of Pied Wagtails which had at least 2 Yellow Wagtails in amongst them. Overhead a peregrine made a hasty dash across the marsh and a good number of Raven could be found amongst the feeding corvids. Waders proved to the highlight of the day with 3 Curlew Sandpiper being discovered amongst the more commoner Redshank, Dunlin, Lapwing, Ringed Plover and Black-tailed Godwit on the mud. Another nice wader seen was a Green Sandpiper but unfortunately it didn't stick around and soon flew off. There where plenty of Teal, Mallard plus small numbers of Tufted Duck on the water together with a pair of Little Grebe to keep us busy. In one of the ditches close to where we had parked our cars we had a glimpse of a Kingfisher as it flew by. Our thanks go to Bill Morton, 'The Frodsham Birder', for his invaluable help on the day.