A couple of hours birding in glorious sunshine after work at No.6 tank produced: 140 Common Teal, 3 Pochard, 32 Common Shelduck, 10 Mallard, 30 Shoveler and 14 Cormorant were tucked along the edge of the flooded tank. A single Dunlin in the Teal flock didn’t look well and at the end of my time there it was partially submerged in the water.
At 5.00 pm a ringtail Hen Harrier flew by from No.5 tank across the track in front of me and out over the reed beds of No.6 tank, flushing 43 Common Snipe concealed within the reeds. The female Peregrine was sat aloft the blue-topped chimney at Weston Point, a Common Buzzard buzzed by an agitated Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk chasing a flock of 500 Starling. All these made up for the lack of raptors that I missed seeing on the two days ago.
Observer and images. WSM