01.11.17. Birdlog.

I managed to squeeze in an hours bird watch this evening before a glorious sunset behind Moel Famau closed the day.

The duck numbers were much reduced but considering the tide was low out on the Mersey estuary that wasn’t a great surprise. There were still plenty of Common Teal but the Green-winged did not make an appearance. Tufted Duck and Common Pochard were on the east side of No.6 tank with Wigeon, Shoveler, Mallard and a few Pintail appearing out of the gathering gloom.

It was really good to see the Starling roost making a sudden and big comeback with c10,000 present against a crimson dusk. These large numbers attracted the attention of a male Marsh Harrier with a Merlin in its low flight over the daisy beds. The small falcon contributed to spooking the ducks from their rest and almost everything shot up into the air.

A Cetti’s Warbler gave a brief blast of song from the willow thickets but that was really the other passerine highlight given the time of day.

Observers: Mark Wotham, WSM (images).