27.09.12. Birdlog & Nature Notes #13

27.09.12. Birdlog

Lordship Marsh (looking west with Helsby Hill in the distant left). Image by WSM.

A Marsh Harrier was harassed by the Common Gull flocks hanging out on the recently cut and flooded wheat fields on Lordship Marsh.

600 Teal, 8 Wigeon, 160 Mallard, 10 Gadwall, 10 Shoveler and 35 Shelduck. 28 Black-tailed Godwit (*see below), 10 Golden Plover and 8 Redshank were present on No 6 tank. *Just to refresh on this  juvenile Black-tailed Godwit present on 22nd August and again this evening on No 6 tank. Ringed as a chick (Green over White above left knee and Orange over Yellow above right knee) on 13th July 2012 near Dalvik, N Iceland a big chick 208g. It  is one of c110 godwit chicks colour-ringed in July 2012.

Observer: WSM. Chester Boys.

Nature Notes #13

Short-tailed Field Vole. Image by WSM.

Lordship Marsh: These fields held abundant Short-tailed Field Voles this Autumn, many of which have been predated on by Common and Black-headed Gulls over the last few days. The gulls gathered en masse to spook out the hiding voles who’s availability of normal habitat is rapidly declining under the flood water. It’s a bit like a ‘Voles Armageddon’!

A (not so) Common Hare was watched in fields by the approach road to No 6 tank this evening. Quite a rare sight on the marshes in these days of over shooting/hunting/habitat loss and despite all the weight tipped towards their inevitable decline they hang on in there!

Image by David Wilson.