17.09.17. Birdlog.

An early start for the morning tide which turned out not to be too significant.

A quick look at the phalarope pool as it’s now known at the west end of No.3 tank produced a few Common Teal. Further east and the dwindling scrape pools had a single Green Sandpiper which typically did one when it caught sight of me. The main hightlight was the calls of Pink-footed Goose sounding out overhead as scattered flocks were moving around the estuary and a combined count was in excess of 200 birds.

No.6 tank had more water on it than previous visits due to the deluge of rain we’ve been experiencing over the last week or so. A flock of c250 Black-tailed Godwit had numerous juvenile birds and a lone summer plumaged adult was flapping its wings vigorously for about 5 minutes. There were 10 Ruff, 300 Lapwing and a single Common Snipe to add to the shorebird numbers.

The Lapwing were a bit skittish and a scan across the reed beds revealed a juvenile Hobby perched up on a tree stump preening away. Hobby video here: https://vimeo.com/234228235

The ducks have made a bit of a come back with 158 Shoveler, 3 Pintail, 6 Wigeon, c200 Common Teal. 14 Mallard, 2 Gadwall and just a handful of Common Shelduck.

Observer and images: WSM.

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