I left work after 4.00 pm with a renewed effort to give the exodus of Raven which leave their feeding grounds to spend the night in north-east Wales. Soon after my arrival the first bird of the watch cronked its way overhead. With my elevated position it was possible to see birds from a 360 degree angle. I was hoping to beat my previous count from earlier in the month but I wasn’t expecting to give it a sound thrashing with my last Raven flying south on its lonesome at 18.15 hrs no.304!
The waters of No.6 tank were much livelier than yesterday’s WeBs count with 54 Northern Shoveler, 12 Tufted Duck, 21 Common Shelduck, 210 Eurasian Teal, 41 Mallard and 2 Eurasian Wigeon.
The ringtail Hen Harrier which usually makes a brief appearance was on show for most of the evening. There were 3 Marsh Harrier coming in very late in the day.
A singing Chiffchaff and Cetti’s Warbler were good compensation between dragging my eyes of the corvids streaming overhead.
The Whooper Swan herd was much reduced with just 16 birds in fields by the blue slurry tank.
Observer and images: WSM.