23.04.19. Birdlog.

I managed to fit in the last hour of daylight after dropping the ladies off for an evening in Chester.

The light wasn’t at its best but the muggy atmosphere did bring out a ‘reeling’ Grasshopper Warbler while nearby a blast from the vocal arsenal of a Cetti’s Warbler sounded out. A pair of Yellow Wagtail were coo-cooing in their display while a Ruff moulting into its showy breeding plumage cut a lone figure in the wet areas of No.6 tank. A few shy Common Snipe tried their best to hide in the straw yellow dead plant stems. The Black-headed Gull pairs have risen to 3 pairs.

Ducks were again present and included 74 Common Shelduck, 43 Tufted Duck, 17 Gadwall, 14 Shoveler and 8 Eurasian Teal.

Raven flocks were still heading south at dusk and there must still be plenty of rack o lamb available on the salt marshes.

The highlight was the ringtail Hen Harrier coming in for its roost without too much fuss.

The sounds of Reed, Sedge Warbler and Common Whitethroat were the back sounds to the evening and I trundled home with a few good birds under the belt.

Observer and image: WSM.

Earlier Jimmy Mancini saw a Whinchat on the fence line that borders the model aircraft field off Lordship Lane…

…and Guy Groves and Peter Malpas had a quick visit to the Weaver Bend where they saw Avocet pairs, A pair of Pintail, Sedge Warbler and the ringtail Hen Harrier leaving No.6 tank.

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