10.02.18. Birdlog.

A late afternoon trip down to No.6 tank to see what was happening with the ducks on the sludge tank.

The Shoveler flock have again been reduced with an estimate of 164 present today. Other species worthy of note were 46 Common Pochard, 12 Tufted Duck, 71 Mallard, 63 Common Shelduck and c500 Common Teal, so generally not a bad tally.

There was a nice selection of shorebirds out on the receding water edges on the tank at dusk including 174 Black-tailed Godwit, 65 Redshank, 5 Ruff and a c250 Lapwing which included a leucistic bird.

A couple of Marsh Harrier were over the reed beds with the male perched up in a Willow tree for the short period the sun shone.

A Stonechat on No.5 tank was very obliging giving some characteristic postures, while another was less so on No.4 tank. A Cetti’s Warbler could be heard in the distance from the reed bed.

A skein of c200 Pink-footed Goose flew up from the fields by the motorway and headed out to the estuary.

…and Idris and Jacqui Roberts enjoying their walk around No.6 tank with the same skein of pinkies high above.

The same fields had the herd of 16 – 24 Whooper Swan including 8 juveniles so an increase in their number. It was difficult to say how many there were here with swans barely visible behind the hedgerows and away from the main flock.

Observer: WSM (images).