18.04.17. Birdlog

An early evening watch over No.6 tank produced a flock of 400 Black-tailed Godwit which were busy preening and bathing in the sunshine. The seven note whistle of a flock of 5 Whimbrel (or should that be 35 whistles?) alerted me to them as they cascaded down from the heavens to settle on the bare mud away from the godwit flock. They flew off calling but return with a Curlew 20 minutes later.

The Little Stint continues to be present but this time it cut a lonesome figure as it feed on the big patches of sludge on the edge of the vegetation.

A Golden Plover had all the look of ‘Goldie no mates’ as it sat belly deep in the water hanging out on the margins of the limosa’s with a few Redshank and 19 Ruff safe guarding the edges.

Ducks on N.6 included 115 Common Shelduck which joined 112 Shoveler, 46 Tufted Duck, 79 Common Teal and several Gadwall. A Fox was prowling along the edge of the reed bed while Lapwing were keeping vigil.

Nearby the Avocet flock reached 27 birds with a solitary Ringed Plover 3 additional Ruff and a variety of ducks.

Passerine migration was slow going this evening but a couple of Sedge Warbler were new in to the reed beds on six.

Observer and images: WSM.

Additional notes 3 Whitethroat (JR).