16.11.13. Birdlog (WeBS Count)
Sandwiched between the modal aircraft flyers to the south, syndicate pheasant shooters to the north and hovercraft riders to the east, the marsh was lacking a little solitude today. It was no surprise the waterfowl and waders on No 6 tank were below what’s normal for this time of year: 46 Common Shelduck, 475 Common Teal, 9 Common Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck and 2 Mallard made up the waterfowl count.
Waders roosting for the tide included a single Redshank, 67 Black-tailed Godwit, 547 Dunlin, 200 Golden Plover and 240 Lapwing.
While the Weaver estuary was having a temporary rest bite from the syndicate pheasant shooters who were blasting away nearby earlier. I managed a count there including 12 Little Grebe, 54 Redshank, 54 Lapwing, 24 Coot, 3 Goldeneye, 18 Tufted Duck and a single female Wigeon of which just about made the walk out to the river worthwhile.
A 1st winter female Stonechat hanging about Redwall reedbed was quite photogenic and a Peregrine on the top of the blue chimney at Weston Point was observed enjoying a prey item.
Small flocks of Redwing and Fieldfare shared the hedgerows with a roving Long-tailed, Blue Tit flock with a Goldcrest in tow along Brook Furlong Lane.
Observer and images: WSM