5th May 2012

A record flock of 44 Whimbrel were most impressive despite the droning sight and sound of big boys playing with bigger toys as 2 metre long model aircraft played out dog fights overhead and over the tank. 22 Avocets and 25 Dunlin were notable.

Single Common Sandpiper and 40 Tufted Ducks were on and around the ‘Bend’.

Peregrine sat sentinel on the blue-topped chimney of the old I.C.I power station. A quartering male Marsh Harrier flushed out a Yellow Wagtail and Ringed Plovers sat tight.

Also present were two Grasshopper Warblers reeling from the base of two willow whips.

A Cuckoo was  annoying a pair of Meadow Pipits at Redwall water meadow fields.

Several Wheatears were noted at Marsh Farm.