A pair of 2nd summer Mediterranean Gull were present with the usual pre-roost and bathing Common and Black-headed Gulls on No 6 tank. Both birds watched in nuptial display and preening before heading out to the estuary with a small group of Black-headed Gulls at 7.30 pm.
Observers: Arthur Harrison, Heather & Findlay Wilde, Frank Duff, WSM
A flock of 34 Mute Swans (presumably the birds from the Rake Lane fields) contained an adult Whooper Swan and obviously a left over from the wintering flock here. Later part of the flock including the Whooper left No 6 tank flew around No 3 tank before pitching down on the Weaver estuary at 8.15 pm.
Upper image: WSM. Lower image: Heather Wilde.
31 Whimbrel roosting on No 6 tank this evening was really notable. 60 Common Shelduck, 60 Common Teal, 15 Tufted Duck and the occasional Gadwall. The Grey Heron nest does now look truly abandoned with no sign of the adult bird this evening. Also present were a couple of scrapping Water Rail and Ringed Plover.
Findlay & Heather Wilde, WSM.
Image: Whinchat by Stuart Maddocks.
Male Marsh Harrier noted, A Whinchat along the track of No 4 tank by the Rake Lane junction. Numerous Wheatear in the Rake Lane fields and several Blackcap at Ince Marches.
Weaver Bend: A male Whinchat, along with a Grasshopper Warbler which briefly showed well. Also 3 Sedge Warblers there.
3 Wheatear in second field along Brook Furlong, and a late Fieldfare in the field by the stables.
Observer: Neil Blood
7 Wheatear in fields along Lordship Lane and most of the resident summer migrants have settled on the marsh to breed are earnestly filling in the gaps with a several species competing for airtime.
Observer: Frank Duff. WSM.