04.08.17. Birdlog

Late afternoon and early evening walk along the River Weaver and No.6 tank. There wasn’t much in the way of waterfowl on the river today other than a few broods of Tufted Duck and Mallard. Several Little Grebe and 5 Great Crested were joined by a flock of 30 Greylag Goose which dropped on to the water before moving out to the estuary.

A single Curlew flew up river and 8 Redshank and a lone Common Sandpiper were on the far bank  while the photogenic Dunlin sat within a few yards of me preening and resting with its head under its wing (poor thing). On to 6 and the Common Shelduck made up the majority of ducks on the open water with a small number of Tufted Duck, Mallard, Gadwall and Common Teal were noted. There was also c100 Black-tailed Godwit had 3 Avocet amongst them.

A flock of 30 Dunlin were on the muddy edges with a juvenile Kestrel sat nearby watching over them.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.