14.09.16. Birdlog

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With the temperature gauge nudging 25.5 degrees it deserved an evening visit to the marsh to watch over the waters of No.6 tank. It was soon obvious that the duck numbers have again increased with over 200 Tufted Duck present for starters, then there was 5 Common Pochard, 12 Gadwall, 123 Shoveler, 14 Common Shelduck, 400 Common Teal, 30 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 100 Mallard and a juvenile Garganey. Little Grebe were again in double figures with 18 Mute Swan still present.

The exposed muddy area had 15 Ruff and a good count of 23 Avocet.

A Sparrowhawk flew in for the Starling gathering and then 10 Raven heading to their roost rounded off my brief visit.

Observer and images: WSM.