17.04.17. Birdlog

It felt decidedly cold this morning with the icy wind coming in from the north.  I was serenaded by a couple of Sedge Warbler and watched 100 Sand Martin and a few Swallow brought down by the low cloud on a brief visit.

No.6 tank was quiet with a small flock of Black-tailed Godwit flying in from the flood fields by the M56. Already in situ was 5 Ruff, several Dunlin, 33 Redshank and 3 Avocet. A flock of 115 Golden Plover drew my attention by their evocative calls over head from the direction of the Mersey estuary and they settled out in the middle of No.6 well away from the wet areas. Also with them were 12 Ringed Plover. The drier areas on six also brought in 5 White Wagtail.

Ducks included GADWALL! (Stan) and the usual assortment of 43 Tufted Duck, 120 Shoveler, 60 Common Teal.

A look over No.3 and the mitigation produced more Avocet, Common Teal, Shoveler and a pair of Wigeon.

The Peregrine was sat on the blue topped chimney for the duration of my visit.

Observer and images: WSM.