It was WeBS count weekend so I set out in the rain and it didn’t stop from start to finish and quite frankly it’s time for some decent waterproof boots and jacket my ‘Berghaus’ gear wasn’t fit for purpose today.
I walked along Brook Furlong Lane where a bedraggled bunch of passerines were attempting to find sheltered spots deep in the hawthorn hedgerow, they included Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and juvenile Bullfinch.
No.1 tank was a substitute for No.6 tank where 340 Black-tailed Godwit (including many juvenile birds) and 78 Curlew were busy feeding in the long grass (and these birds were still present when I retraced my steps back to Brook Furlong).
Walking along the River Weaver there wasn’t much to fire up the optic engine with small numbers of Coot, a single Common Sandpiper and Tufted Duck. A prolonged look across the river to the Weaver Sluices was much more productive with 2 Little Egret, c400 Black-tailed Godwit, c100 Curlew, 5 Oystercatcher, 5 Avocet, 143 Redshank, c80 Cormorant, an adult winter Mediterranean Gull and 14 Great Crested Grebe.
Observer and images: WSM.