It wasn’t since last month that between work and weather I’ve managed a full days birding on the marsh and today wasn’t any different. The wind and the rain are beginning to test my patience. The duck on No.6 tank were again keeping a very low profile and 120 Common Teal were keeping in close to the dence vegetation clumps with the occasional Shovelers popping out to change position. 16 Common Pochard outnumbered the Tufted Ducks for a change. Also present were two Mute Swan.
A Kestrel looked a forlorn sight hunched up to stop the rain running down its neck. The Raven flocks weren’t concerned by the weather and were moving freely between one dead sheep to another.
The mitigation of No.3 tank is typically filling up with rain water but most birds congregated on the muddy northern section where the ‘scrape pools’ aren’t doing what they should be doing (filling up). A flock of 400 Lapwing feeding on the pasture field were spooked and all took to the wing and with them was a few Redshank and 140 Golden Plover.
Observer and images: WSM