16.04.17. Birdlog

Out before the rain this morning which included a walk around the sludge tanks.There was a Cetti’s Warbler again at two locations on the marsh and these was joined by Chiffchaff and Blackcap. The wader numbers were low compared to yesterday but the tide was out at the time of my visit. The mitigation pools on No.3 tank had a few Avocet, Redshank and Black-tailed Godwit  with Shoveler, Common Teal and a dozen Wigeon around the distant flash. A Wheatear was on the edge of the pool but moved on when a Common Buzzard passed overhead. A Coot has built a nest in the middle of the gutter but I don’t think it will survive when the water level rises again.

A Little Stint was again on No.6 tank.

A Marsh Harrier was drifting over No.4 as where several Common Buzzard. Only 4 Mute Swan were on the field alongside the Holpool Gutter. Back along Lordship Lane and Reed Bunting were back on their territory and a pair of Oystercatcher dropped in to the stubble field which upset the local Lapwing. At the junction of 4 and 6 tanks there were 2 Ringed Plover and several Redshank on what is left of the flood field and a flock of Black-tailed Godwit were feeding in fields by the M56.

Observer: Paul Ralston (sunrise images 3-4).

Additional images 1-2 by WSM.