19 & 20.04.17. Birdlog

19.04.17 Birdlog

There was 6 Pink-footed Goose with the Black-tailed Godwit flock on No.6 tank. Meanwhile a Whitethroat close to the ramp track was close to where Sedge Warbler was singing from the reed ditch there.

Observer: Gary Worthington.

20.04.17. Birdlog

An after work trip and a watch over No.6 tank saw the continuing build up of the Black-tailed Godwit flocking to the marsh.

A thorough scan of the flock which were gathered close to the north banks revealed 650 birds (4 colour-ringed) and hidden in their number was a single Bar-tailed Godwit (centre middle in above image 3). Also noted were 6 Knot (one beginning its summer moult), 30 Redshank (bird in image 5 with metal ring on raised leg), 2 Curlew, 4 Whimbrel, 16 Ruff (in their fine dandy neckerchiefs), a solitary Greenshank was heard calling before it was spotted feeding along the waters edge on the south edge of the tank. Six Common Snipe, 8 Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper and 7 Dunlin.

The reported Curlew Sandpiper  reappeared out of nowhere and it was great to watch this wanderer feeding belly deep in and out of the towering godwits. A flock of 20 Golden Plover flew over calling but decided not to settle and moved off elsewhere. With 10 Avocet on No.6 and another 24 birds on the mitigation pools produced a new high count of 34 birds so far this Spring. It was definitely shorebird central on the marsh this evening.

Duck were playing second fiddle to the waders this evening with 105 Tufted Duck, 67 Shoveler, 100 Common Shelduck, Gadwall and Common Teal noted.

Sedge Warbler song rang loud and proud from the reed beds while a few Sand Martin were heading west.

Curlew Sandpiper video here: https://vimeo.com/214081625

Observers: Nigel Troup, WSM (images and video).

I believe the finder of the Curlew Sandpiper was Janet Jones?