Observation from 7.00 am till 11 30 am: A Sparrowhawk and Common Buzzard in the old wood alongside the Growhow Works.
A Great White Egret left the score long before the tide was rising and dropped in somewhere along the gutter? 13 Gadwall, a single Great Crested Grebe and a Greylag x Canada Goose on ship canal.
A pair of Oystercatcher were holding territories on canal bank. With the tide beginning to turn and large flocks of Dunlin and smaller numbers of Black-tailed Godwit flew overhead towards No.6 tank. When I eventually got round to six it was holding good numbers of Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Common Teal and Shelduck.
The Lapwing flock were being harassed by a conspiracy of Ravens but a Merlin couldn’t be bothered by collective nouns after failing to catch a Meadow Pipit it was hunting.
Observer: Paul Ralston.
No.6 tank saw 500 Black-tailed Godwit, 50 Grey Plover and 1500 Dunlin roosting up during high tide.
Observer: Frank Duff