21.07.17. Birdlog

A collection of sightings from the marsh this afternoon with c200 Swift, c890 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel, 35 Dunlin & a rare summer sighting of a Woodcock. A flock of c750 Sand Martin were low over the River Weaver and Weaver Bend.

Observer: Elliot Monteith.

An early Friday dart from work with the intention of walking around No.6 tank, unfortunately a “Main Black over Wilf’s Mother” (as they say in Wiltshire) ominous cloud caught us out with no escape plan! The rain laden belt rolled in, dumped its load and sped off to the north…thoroughly soaked (except for Sparky who had all the waterproof gear on) I squelched my way back to the car.

Anyway, I did manage some birding before the rain and looking out from the eastern corner the usual 140 plus Tufted Duck were drifting out to form an allegiance with the 60 Mallard and single drake Common Pochard present. A few Little Grebe were scattered within the ducks as were 4 Mute Swan.

The Black-tailed Godwit flock was much reduced from Elliot’s earlier count but I am assuming his birds were tide related?

Before the rain a Peregrine was sat out on the lip of the blue topped chimney and after the rain two juvenile Marsh Harrier appeared on top of two willow whips to rinse off the deluge.

It was notable to see a new female Tufted Duck with 6 ducklings in Moorditch Lane ditch along with a couple of separate adult Moorhen with their little powder puff chicks.

Observers: Sparky and WSM (images).