30.04.18. Birdlog.

A wander along the track of Moorditch Lane and then around No.6 tank with a prolonged watch over No.6 tank during the hide tide period. A tightly bunched flock of c500 Black-tailed Godwit slowly spread out during the course of my watch with many scattered far and wide.

A flock of c300 (mostly summer plumaged) Dunlin included a singleton merrily singing away. The partial summer plumaged Curlew Sandpiper reappeared and soon settled down to feed with the Dunlin flock.

The ducks were again reduced in numbers with 17 Shoveler, 34 Gadwall, 65 Common Shelduck and barely 100 Common Teal.

A female Marsh Harrier drifted in from the east and quartered the fields on No.5 tank. A heavy belt of clouds rolling in brought down a mixed hirundine flock including 3 House Martin swiftly followed by a Hobby cutting a fine figure over the sludge tank.

Other birds of note included a couple of Whimbrel in the fields of Lordship Lane, numerous Whitethroat and a chatty Cetti’s Warbler.

A Stoat popped up along the track for Keith on his lunch break.

Observers: Jimmy Jameson, Keith Gallie (images 1 & 4-5), Sparky & WSM (images 2-3).

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