Spent the morning on the marsh today. grey with a few sunny periods until the drizzle moved in again just before high tide and droove us home.
Plenty of wildfowl on the inland marsh - Wigeon are everywhere you look, and a small gull roost on Marshside One was a bit distant, but held one or two intereting looking Herring Gull types.
A GBB was doing unspeakable things to the corpse of what looked like a Pink Foot, and Carrion Crows soon joined the butchery.
Presumably the goose was dead before the gull got to it - unles the GBBs are getting really hungry now...
About 2,000 Lapwing on Marshside Two.
Loads of Black Tailed Godwits still, with Marshside One holding the lion's share, although there were plenty further north too.
A particularly obliging Snipe was dozing just to the right of Sandgrounders Hide - shame I don't know how to take a decent picture.....
99 Pochard at least on the Sandplant pools, but there were probably one or two more dozing under the bank.
Two Scaup off Nel's Hide on Marshside One, both female types, but I believe there are up to three on the reserve at the moment.
3-4 Little Egrets on the outer marsh in the usual area, and good numbers of Oystercatcher on the tideline.
Jellyhead picked up a Barnacle Goose amongst the Pinkies out near Crossens Channel, and a Merlin was perched up on the posts.
Three Cormorants on the pools and a few flocks of Skylarks about.
Now for the obligatory Wigeon shot. There are just too many of 'em. I dream of Wigeon. Wigeon is all I see. Wigeon, Wigeon, Wigeon.
Er, sorry about that, dunno what came over me.
One Peregrine distantly on the gasometer, but the rain came in and Bazzo and I headed for home, leaving Jellyhead to lead the RSPB guided walk out onto the lorry road.
I wonder how many will come back....?
Later in the day went for a walk along Taggs Island with Mrs D in the rain, didn't really get a chance to grill the gull roost, but there were at least 8,000 birds on the sand about a quarter of a mile south of Weld Road.
Certainly worth checking if anyone gets the time.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies....