A watch before the rising tide was fairly productive with 2 Barnacle amid the 500 Canada Goose present. A Whooper Swan with the Mute’s was not totally unexpected but it cut a lonesome figure without its usual companions.
4 Little and 2 Great White Egret were more than welcomed back to the fold after their summer recess.
Shorebirds were thin on the ground with 400 Lapwing, 4 Grey Plover, 40 Curlew and a single Green Sandpiper.
No 3 tank pulled in a Short-eared Owl before the pheasant shooters began their ‘sport’.
No 6 tank was again poorly Aythea represented with 300 Common Teal, 4 Shoveler, 7 Mallard and 11 Tufted Duck. The female Ruddy Duck resided at an undisclosed location.
Several Buzzards watched crossing the river between Hale and the score marsh was interesting behaviour. Meanwhile, the ‘old faithful’ Peregrine was surveying the vista from her usual watch tower.
Raven numbers were again healthy with c 24 birds scattered across the score and No 5 tank. Skylark were noted heading south in small flocks.
3 Migrant Hawker Dragonflies patrolling the track above No 6 tank and a good selection of (Blackening?) Wax Caps on the short turf alongside a badger track on No 4 tank.
Observers: Frank Duff, WSM (and images).