There isn’t much time to do a birdwatch after work and the light fades fast in mid October but the temptation to look over No.6 tank was needed. I pitched up half way along the top banks of No.6 tank looking south to the open water below. The Whooper Swans from two days ago were still present minus the third bird.
The water level here is much reduced and a Spotted Redshank and Ruff feeding in the shallow edges was very encouraging for the weekends WeBS count here. With the shallow water most of the ducks started to become more obvious and were forced from the Michaelmas daisy beds onto the open areas. Common Teal were by far the most numerous species with in excess of 1,000 birds, followed by Tufted Duck with 120, then 100 Shoveler and lesser numbers of Wigeon, Pintail, Gadwall, Mallard and Pochard.
A couple of Common Snipe and 400 Black-headed Gulls were also noted.
The ramp track gorse and hawthorn trees had a Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch and a couple of Goldcrest. The first Redwing and Fieldfare of the autumn were moving through along Moorditch Lane. Mistle Thrush numbers have increased from zero to four birds.
The Weaver Estuary had a pair of Mandarin Duck and the elusive Red-necked Grebe (DGW) was again seen albeit briefly ( a tough nut to crack this one-my 3rd attempt and 3rd fail).
Walking back from Redwall reed bed to Brook Furlong Lane a Pipistrelle Bat was flying above my head.
Observers: Don Weedon, WSM (images 2-5). Image 1 by Paul Lee.