24.03.17. Birdlog

I spent the last hour of the evening walking around No.6 tank. Several Chiffchaff were singing their tip tapping song but the more assertive song of a Cetti’s Warbler the air along the west bank.

There were good numbers of duck on the waters of the tank and included Common Teal, Tufted Duck, Common Shelduck, Mallard, Gadwall, Shoveler and a few Common Pochard. Avocet tallied 8 birds and were feeding at the waters edge alongside a flock of Lapwing.

A Marsh Harrier flew over the reed bed and a several hundred Golden Plover passed over heading towards the estuary. The mitigation pools held another 10 Avocet and more Common Teal. Shoveler and 6 Black-tailed Godwit.

At the south end of No.6 were 2 Green Sandpiper which left the reed bed and did a circuit of the tank and then were joined by a third bird and all 3 dropped back down in to the reeds.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-3).

While Paul was doing his thang down on the marsh I was heading through the forest at Delamere. Apart from a few Siskin and Lesser Redpoll feeding in the larch trees it was a quiet. Not so quiet was Blakemere with its raucous Black-headed Gull colony in full courtship rituals.

My tally for Mediterranean Gull this evening reached 8 pairs including a ringed pair (one metal and the other white), unfortunately they were too distant to be able to read the white one.

Observers: Sparky, WSM (image 4-8).

A Comma Butterfly from a superb early Spring day.