Last night about 7.00 pm over no 3-4 tanks I watched 3 Marsh Harriers gracefully hanging in the wind and tumbling occasionally. Very atmospheric in the fiery sunset sky! When I arrived at 6.45 pm there were no Curlew Sandpipers or Little Stint sadly on the secluded pool.
Observer: David Kennedy.
I’m squeezing in as many after work trips to the marsh before the nights draw in. So, with a fine sunny end to anotherwise wet and windy morning it was a welcome solitary watch on the banks of No 6 tank this evening.
7 Ruff, 1 Common Snipe and 2 juvenile Curlew Sandpiper one of which spent most of the time dozing away in the bright setting sunshine.
Viewing from Marsh Farm across the ebbing tide resulted in a big flock of 1,000 Dunlin and 500 Black-tailed Godwit. Meanwhile a young male Wheatear sought out shelter from the windy conditions.
A Migrant Hawker dragonfly patrolling the Elder berry-bearing trees along the track on No 5 tank was watched feeding off small flies on the lea side of the bushes. On one occasion I spotted it kill a small moth dropping its prey without consuming the poor critter.
Observer and images: WSM