After I gave an illustrated talk on ‘The Birds of Frodsham Marsh’ to 1st Ashton & Manley Scouts this evening I managed a half hours birding with an impressive backdrop of a blood-red sunset over the Mersey estuary.
No.6 had a smallish flock of 46 Black-tailed Godwit feeding knee-deep in the centre of the dwindling water on the sludge tank. A few non/post breeding Lapwing are beginning to gather and that is always a sign or sigh of a turn in their fortunes for mid summer. A not so common Oystercatcer was fast asleep. Over 200 non-breeding plumaged Black-headed Gull had gathered to roost for the evening but were unsettled and kept rising up en masse before resettling.
The ducks were obviously still present (whenever are they not) with Common Shelduck still paired up, without any further signs of getting down to producing young. A couple of Common Pochard were joining up with the few Tufted Duck and both Mallard and Gadwell were well represented. The Coot flock were bunched in a tight group and numbered 43 birds.
A few Common Swift were riding the evening sky and a Reed Warbler was gurgling away in the reeds below the bank.
Observer and image: WSM