Early doors down on the marsh this morning for the dawn tide. A flock of 200 Black-tailed Godwit flew in and settled on the south side of No.6 sludge tank. Already present were 2 Redshank, 16 Lapwing and a pair of Ringed Plover. A dawn roost of 2 Herring, 45 (mostly 1st summer) Great Black and 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull were out on the drier ground. While a flock of 50 Black-headed Gull on the wetter margins also contained a non-breeding plumaged and an out of season Bar-tailed Godwit. A group of 6 Oystercatcher flew in for a short period and a couple of flying grey geese in the distance had the feel of Pinkies but were too far away for certainty.
The summer moulting Mallard and Gadwall were very much present but Common Shelduck numbers are well down (presumably out on the score banks nesting?). Three drake Wigeon and 9 drake Common Teal were not expected but Tufted Duck and 3 drake Common Pochard lingering in the eastern corner were.
A female Marsh Harrier was sat on a tree warming up in the morning air. Further on a couple of territorial Cetti’s Warbler song ricocheted across the marshes.
Observer and images: WSM.