13.10.12. Birdlog (WeBS count)
All sightings from No 6 tank unless otherwise stated.
Wildfowl included 104 Common Shelduck, 18 Gadwall, 50 Mallard, 43 Wigeon, 1 Pintail, 600 Common Teal, 4 Pochard and 74 Tufted Duck.
A female Sparrowhawk was hunting Snipe by hovering over the Michaelmas Daisy clumps then dropping down to flush them out. It didn’t appear to be effective but at least she spooked out six birds.
1 juvenile Great Crested Grebe, 3 Ringed Plover, 500 Golden Plover, 600 Lapwing, 300 Dunlin, 1 juvenile Curlew Sandpiper, 10 Common Snipe and 2 Ruff.
The Weaver Bend held 8 Little Grebe with 6 Ruff and 20 Redshank.
A Great Spotted Woodpecker, 20 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Goldgrests, small visible passage of Skylark and Meadow Pipit and, 2 Lesser Redpolls.
Observers: Paul Crawley, Arthur Harrison, Frank Duff, WSM, Guido D’Isidoro.
View of Ineos Chlor Works from No 1 tank, 10 minutes later that big grey cloud above the works moved over and I got completely drenched!
Frank Duff came across this grey goose tonight. If you fancy a stab at identifying it then drop us a line in the comments box. Just click on the image and you will find the comments box at the bottom of the page. Unfortunately the quality of the images is as good as they get.
All images by WSM.