A female Scaup was on the River Weaver this morning and a couple of Water Pipit were in flooded fields off Lordship Lane.
Another after work jaunt down to the marsh with the intention of again watching the Starling spectacular coming home to roost on No.6 tank. When I eventually arrived on the marsh it was cloaked in a dense fog bank with visibility reduced to a hundred metres. The sound of calling Common Teal could be heard but not seen.
As the sun began to set the fog lifted producing some pretty eerie scenes, I rattled off a few (hundred) images to my camera card. The clearing fog was the prompt for a Peregrine to fly through on a mission to the salt marshes, soon after it was lost to view, a few thousand waders flew up from the estuary… I assumed the falcon had made its presence known. A couple of Marsh Harrier were flying high but didn’t linger for too long.
Soon after the first Starling began to arrive the looser flocks gathering over No.3 tank got bigger and bigger before relocating to a few scattered bushes on the top of No.6 tank. The flocks again grew into tens of thousands and again there wasn’t much in the way of murmurations. The birds pitched down into the reed beds and began the ritual of leap frogging to move through the reeds creating a wave.
Starling video here: https://vimeo.com/248959613
Observers: DH, WSM (video and images)