30.03.18. Birdlog.

Another circumnavigation of the marshes and with the wind in the east-south east it wasn’t conducive to seeing many migrants passing through. I would go as far as to say it was below par.

We ended up on Ince marsh fields looking across the salt marshes but apart from some distance Pink-footed Goose, large gull roost and 5 Little Egret it was just a case of taking in the afternoon sun sheltered from the cold wind. A Chiffchaff was giving a swee-o call before breaking out with its more traditional tip-tap tune.

A kettle of 6 Common Buzzard were spiralling up into the sky above the turbines on No.4 tank.

Sometime later we made our way over to No.3 tank where the mitigation pools had attracted small numbers of Shoveler, Common Teal, Black-tailed Godwit and 5 Ruff with a couple of the males breaking into summer plumage.

The area also had 3 Marsh Harrier. Ducks on No.6 included: 47 Tufted Duck, 41 Shoveler, c100 Common Shelduck, 21 Mallard, 120 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Ruff and 110 Redshank.

A few Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies out in the sunshine and this Goat Willow looking all splendid.

Observers: Jacqui and Idris (birthday boy) Roberts, Sparky & WSM (and images).