15.10.19. Birdlog.

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We both decided an after our repective days work we would independently called in to see what was occurring on No.6 tank. On arrival a flock of 143 Northern Shoveler, 12 Northern Pintail, 300 Eurasian Teal and 17 Tufted Duck greeted us. A couple of Mute Swan were still present and upto 12 Little Grebe were hanging out with the tufties.

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There were no Black-tailed Godwit flock, but 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, a calling Golden Plover and 6 Northern Lapwing.

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The highlight of the evening was a Short-eared Owl dropping into the reed bed, a Merlin hunting the Meadow Pipit flock coming to roost, an immature Peregrine, 7 Kestrel, 1 Eurasian Sparrowhawk, a male, 2 female and 3 immature Marsh Harrier coming into roost for the evening. The European Starling roost is building up slowly, so much is expected in the late autumn/winter period ahead.

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The sounds of 5 Cetti’s Warbler and contact calling Chiffchaff were also heard.

The evening ended with an exodus of Raven from their feeding grounds on the outer saltmarshes. I guess there were c200 birds moving out to their roost sites inland.

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PR rounded the evening off with a Brown Hare.

Observers: Paul Ralston (images 3-5) and WSM (images 1-2).

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