Wilde About the Marsh
We started off today at the Weaver Bend in an icy, strong wind. There wasn’t big volumes on the bend, but there certainly was quality including 2 stunning pairs of Goldeneye. Other ducks include, Mallard, Teal (40), Tufted Duck in the far distance (100) and Pochard (20). The Peregrine was watching from his blue tower and a noisy flock of about 30 Goldfinch did a fly by.
We had a look at the new scrape area on No.3 tank, which was full of Lapwing, about 300 of them. The Golden Plover were still in the field by Marsh Farm and a solitary Common Snipe was snoozing in amongst the Lapwing. 2 Kestrel were perched near each other on the fence posts by the cow field and took off together when a flock of 11 Curlew flew low over the field. 10 Pied Wagtail were feeding on the mud round the new scrape.
We stood on the top corner near No.4 Tank closest to the motorway to watch for owls in the moonlight as it got dark. Sadly no owls, but massive flocks of roosting Fieldfare kept flying past close enough to reach out and touch.
We’ve been to the marsh every day so far this year (tongue firmly pressed into cheek).
Observers and images: The Wilde Bunch.