26.03.18. Birdlog.

A walk out to the River Weaver and the Tufted Duck flock of 98 included just a single drake Scaup from the 7 of the previous week. A couple of drake Goldeneye were busy attracting the attention of 13 female/juveniles who were present on the estuary. Apart from a few Common Teal/Shelduck and Gadwall it was rather quiet.

After retracing my steps I met Sparky along Brook Furlong Lane and we continued along Moorditch Lane where a small flock of lingering Redwing were feeding in the flooded meadow. The hedgerows were full of singing Chiffchaff and a piping Bullfinch.

Along Lordship Lane and the flooded fields are beginning to dry out but there were still a few Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit and 20 Linnet left. The pale morph Common Buzzard was high over No.6 tank along with Kestrel and Sparrowhawk riding a warm thermal. A tractor spiking the fields brought in c230 Common Gull and with them were a pair of summer Mediterranean Gull.

The mitigation area on No.3 tank had 43 Shoveler, c100 Common Teal and a few Mallard.

A view of No.6 tank from the southern banks.

The area of open water, dead daisy beds and muddy margins attracted a Green Sandpiper, 43 Redshank, 329 Black-tailed Godwit, 31 Common Snipe and 15 Ruff. The dwindling duck numbers included c200 Common Teal, 37 Shoveler, 23 Common Shelduck, 43 Mallard and Gadwall.

A Merlin shot across No.5 tank on the way back to the motorway bridge.

A Giant Puffball or at least what’s left of one. This fungi was along the path leading to the Weaver Bend.

Observers: Sparky & WSM (images).