18.10.12. Birdlog

18.10.12. Birdlog (No 6 tank).

A fine rainbow over the marsh this evening. Image by WSM.

400 Teal, 65 Tufted Duck, 7 Pochard, 20 Wigeon, 10 Gadwall, 14 Shoveler and 40 Mallard.

A Water Rail was calling from the depth of the reedbed.

Golden Plovers continue to roost on the tank with 310 present at dusk. Also there was 400 Lapwing, 4 Ruff, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Redshank, 4 Dunlin, singles each of Little Stint and (juvenile) Curlew Sandpiper.

3 Raven were over Frodsham Score.

The pre-roost of Starlings continue to gather on No 6 tank. First they settle on the pylons by the motorway, then in small flight sorties they come together combining to form larger groups. These groups then drop like stones into a variety of reedbeds along the edge of the tank. Hopefully, this roost will increase in size over the next few months?

Observer: WSM.