08.01.19. Birdlog.

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I managed an earlier than normal dart from work and with the evenings slowly creeping towards the light I had roughly an hour to do the biz.

Looking across the waters of No.6 tank gave me amble opportunity to watch c1250 Eurasian Teal hiding in the dense flooded vegetation. Their numbers were much reduced from the weekend and with the weather spring like in the last couple of days, I guess the others have dispersed out to smaller water bodies elsewhere. A solitary Eurasian Wigeon was with the 31 Mallard that were also present. There were 56 Common Shelduck and 23 Shoveler.

A small party of 12 Ruff, circled the tank and then flew out again. The distant sounds of Pink-footed Goose were heard but not seen.

A female Marsh Harrier did its usual circuit before dropping down to roost and the Peregrine was back on the blue topped chimney for the night.

A flock of 200 Curlew flew in from the east over the Weaver Bend and with them were 10 Black-tailed Godwit.

The last of the evening light saw 7500 Starling murmurating over No.4 tank and managed a few shapes despite their lower numbers.

Observer and images: WSM.