The area of No.6 tank attracted 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 50 Dunlin, 500 assorted duck species, a couple of calling Water Rail, while nearby were two Kingfisher and over on No.5 were 3 Stonechat. Also noted over the river were Golden Plover.
Observer: Arthur Harrison.
An early dart from work and after swapping work gear for something a little more acceptable we made our way down to the marsh. It’s been a few days since my last visit so I was expecting a slight change in the bird load here.
Walking along Moorditch Lane and scanning the many Black-headed Gull flocks still lingering over the ploughed fields long enough to detect that there wasn’t any Med Gulls. We continued up the ramp onto No.5 tank and walked to the viewing area above No.6. The sound of trumpeting of 4 Whooper Swan which were reassuring each other that their journey was almost over. The duck numbers seem to be depleted with just 187 Shoveler present with 200 Common Teal, 12 Pintail and a handful of Gadwall, Tufted Duck and Common Pochard. A Grey Heron was sharing the Cormorant roost tree with the carbo’s while those that couldn’t find a space found a few isolated branches to perch on. A few Black-tailed Godwit attracted the company of 8 Ruff.
On of the reasons for tonight’s visit was to check the numbers of Starling coming into roost. I estimated that there was c1000 birds. They should build up over the next few weeks but the display was made more impressive as a Merlin throw it’s self into the mix and made the murmurations more ‘bendy’. The young female Marsh Harrier came in o the reed beds at dusk and spent sometime quartering the area before being lost in the gloom.
A brief snatch of a Cetti’s Warbler song from the banks along six.
Observers: Sparky, WSM (all images).