300 Black-tailed Godwit settled on No.6 tank. 3 Yellow Wagtail were again along Lordship Lane while the male Marsh Harrier roamed around freely. The pair of Ringed Plover and their attendant chick were faring well despite the frequent rain falls.
Green Carpet Moth.
Observers: Paul Crawley (images & video), Frank Duff.
All images of chicks posted on this blog were obtained through telescope/long lens from public tracks with no disturbance to birds as is evident from the video below.
I got a late comment drop in the blog in tray this evening and almost to late to react but thanks to Sean O’Hara he found a probable Lesser Scaup on No.6 tank early evening.
He wrote: Just to let you know, found a drake Scaup with the tufties on No.6 tank this evening, after 4 very wet hrs late afternoon. Possibly Lesser Scaup, slightly smaller than Tufted Duck, and only inner wing bar white when briefly seen. Got some distant photos. Seemed to be settling in for the night so should be there tomorrow am. Sorry I didn’t ring anybody but didn’t have any numbers.
I managed to get there just before the light turned to gloom. I did see the bird and did note it had a suggestion of a peaked rear crown and was same or more likely smaller than Tufted Ducks along side. Difficult to see due to frequent dives and eventually sleeping on far side. So, if you fancy a chance for a Lesser Scaup tomorrow get there before they fly off to the Weaver estuary.
Just received Sean’s images from earlier.