01.10.12. Birdlog

01.10.12. Birdlog

An after work watch on No 6 tank was quite rewarding considering the blustery winds blowing in from the south-west. 500 Teal, 6 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler. If you haven’t ticked Ruddy Duck for the year then, catch it before…well you know what I mean? When they’re gone, they’re gone!

Female Ruddy Duck, No 6 tank. Image by WSM.

A juvenile Marsh Harrier was quartering the reedbeds on No 6 tank and an adult Hobby shot through en route to the House Martins nesting at Marsh Lane. The usual female Peregrine was roosting on the tall I.C.I chimney at Weston Point.

On the wader front 25 Black-tailed Godwit (2 colour-ringed birds:- one of which is a new bird ringed as a chick from Iceland this year), 3 Ruff and 424 Lapwing were also roosting up on the tank.

The gulls continue to feed on the flooded fields of Lordship Marsh. Most notable was a 1st winter Mediterranean Gull on the flood field opposite the ramp to No 6 tank (probably the same bird Frank saw yesterday?).

3 Raven were over No 4 tank.

A Red Fox was stealthfully working its way through the phragmities reedbed.

Observer: WSM