The evening light was rather poor with a brisk wind backed by a threatening rain belt heading in from the sea. I made my visit to No.6 tank very brief but Whipper had got there a little earlier. Despite the conditions there were plenty of ducks to keep our interest level hovering above…wanting to leave early.
The Wigeon flock were mostly hidden in the flooded sea daisy/aster beds. If you wait long enough they will eventually flushed themselves from cover and settle on the open water before they waddle back into the vegetation to feed. I estimated that there was 320 birds with 30 Pintail, 101 Gadwall, 40 Mallard, 240 Common Teal and 20 Common Shelduck. An incredible flock of 310 Shoveler were spinning in tight groups across the water and they were joined by c500 Canada Goose flighting in for their evening roost.
When we get large numbers of ducks and geese on No.6 it is usually when the water is table is much higher, but this vastly reduces the variety and numbers of shorebirds. There was 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Golden Plover, 11 Redshank, 83 Ruff and the leucistic Lapwing (first spotted on 30.09.17).
A Marsh Harrier was watched flying over the reed beds.
Observers: Mark (Whipper) Gibson, WSM (and images).