22.10.17. Birdlog

An early morning walk around No.6 tank in wet and windy weather part of Storm Brian’s march through the Irish Sea. The 2 Whooper Swan were back on the sludge tank with a couple of Fulvous Whistling Duck, c400 Canada Goose which departed as soon as they saw me looking over the bank leaving the Whooper’s behind. There were 8 juvenile and 5 adult Mute Swan feeding in the shallows with Common Teal, Shoveler, Mallard, Gadwall, Tufted Duck, Common Shelduck and a few Little Grebe.

A small number of Redshank and Ruff were noted. A mixed flock of Herring and black-back gulls were sheltering from the stormy wind on No.3. Several Raven, Kestrel and Common Buzzard were enjoying the updrafts that the score bank produces.

Alongside the flooded fields by Lordship Lane there was small flocks of c80 Black-tailed Godwit with several Curlew, more Ruff and Common Snipe.

The day was marred by the pitiful sight of a Barn Owl dead on the hard shoulder of the M56 close to Gowy Meadows which could be one of a pair seen hunting there recently?

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.

The strong winds changed direction to a NW sector overnight and a watch on the incoming tide from Marsh Farm produced a Little Egret and 20 Grey Plover. A Shag flew west and a Leach’s Petrel which fell victim to one of the local Peregrine before the height of the afternoon tide.

Observer: Frank Duff.