Once the sluice gates on the drainage towers were opened recently the water level on No 6 tank has continued to drop. The numbers of commoner ducks have fluctuated and tonight was no exception. 340 Common Teal, 7 Shoveler, 34 Tufted Duck and a scattering of Common Shelduck were hemmed in by the receding water level.
Nearby on the secluded pool, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, a juvenile Little Stint, single Snipe and 2 juvenile Curlew Sandpiper. One of these birds was the one which appeared to have a broken left leg a few days ago. Fortunately for the sandpiper it was not a broken leg but a swollen knee-joint a fairly regular occurence with young birds here.
Above image of Common Teal, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew Sandpiper and a Little Stint
The gull roost contained a winter adult Mediterranean Gull which settled briefly and gave me enough time to get a few record shots (opposite) before it departed out to the estuary with Black-headed and Common Gulls.
Observer and images: WSM.
Guido's Notes Test drilling underway by Van Elle on various locations around the marsh in preparation for the foundations needed for the construction of the wind farm by Peel Energy which is scheduled to start, or so I am told by the project manager, on the" fourth quarter of 2014". No doubt access will be severely restricted once that is underway. Of note today: one Wheatear at Marsh Farm, Ravens back in force with 18 distributed along the North side of the Marsh, one female Sparrowhawk, 31 Curlews in a field South of No 4, many migrating House Martins and Swallows, two flocks of Meadow Pipits with a total of 18 + birds, several Chiffchaff with one singing near the Old Log. Ciao from Guido