A walk down to the river with increasing periods and severity of rain was required and a through soaking for my troubles after the walk back to my car. However, it was worth the drenching with views of the Whooper Swan (unringed) again. The swan was roosting up on banks of the river.
An Avocet, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 57 Tufted Duck, a pair of Common Teal, 23 Coot and 27 Greylag Goose making up a busy river there.
The Shooters’ Pool had the original Avocet chick looking much bigger than the tiny tot we were seeing all those weeks ago. The second pair has only two chicks left and the third breeding pair failed due to the encroaching Black-headed Gulls who were nesting close by. One of the Red-legged Partridge was wandering into hostile territory by hanging out here.
Below the banks of the Weaver off the ’causeway’ was the Red-necked Grebe with alternated between bouts of sleeping and preening. Tufted Duck numbered 34, Shelduck totalled 60, a Little Ringed Plover and a Common Sandpiper were present on the Weaver Bend
Elsewhere both male and a female Marsh Harrier were out and about on the marsh.