14.05.17. Birdlog

A late afternoon visit to see what the tide on the Mersey estuary could conjure up resulted in nul points.

A flock of 154 Black-tailed Godwit and a couple of Redshank were really the shorebird highlight. I can always rely on ducks whatever the time of year and the saving grace was the aytha genus. A pair of Common Pochard and a drake Pintail were perhaps the more uncommon species for this time of year. Tufted Duck reached a peak of 147 with most paired up. 64 Gadwall, 224 Common Shelduck, c100 Mallard, 4 Common Teal and 7 Shoveler made up the rest.

A female Marsh Harrier was very active moving around the area while several Common Buzzard were drifting over.

The Cetti’s Warbler was singing from a couple of separate locations on the marsh.A couple of Greenland form Wheatear were notable but generally it felt like there was a lull in the movements of migrants.

Fresh Water Shrimp video here:

Following Paul’s comments yesterday about the shrimps I went to have a look myself. The outflow culvert from No.6 tank produced several thousand Fresh Water Shrimps gathered in one of the channels.

Observer and images: WSM.

A female Whinchat seen this am on path from old birdlog tothe Weaver Bend.

Observer: John Taylor.