I was hoping for a spot of birding/walk after work but the weather decided to loom menacingly overhead with the threat of a good downpour imminent.
So along with Sparky I walked part way along the track (No. 5 tank) above No. 6 tank keeping one eye on the blackening cloud ahead and the birds present on the tank below. 200 Common Teal, 30 Shoveler, a drake Pintail and 40 Mallard were tucked into the banks to avoid the brisk south-westerly wind. Also present were 140 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Raven high riding the up draughts from the bank and a Chiffchaff calling from a nearby reed bed.
We briefly met Paul Crawley and he told us of a Chiffchaff and Cetti’s Warbler he had heard along the eastern track of No. 4 tank yesterday. Alas with the rain beginning to drop heavily I couldn’t persuade Sparky to endure the hike to No. 4 tank and we cut the visit short and raced back to the car.
Observers: Sparky, WSM (and image).