21.06.14. Birdlog (Summer Solstice Edition)
There was no sign of the Lesser Scaup from the marsh today and the last sighting was on 19th June. It could be out on the Weaver estuary (although not evident there when I was looking).
The Red-necked Grebe continues its stay with four weeks under the belt. It was again present off the Weaver causeway opposite Redwall Reedbed for most of the afternoon.
The Shooters Pools felt a bit lonely without the boisterous Avocet parents, just two adults present on the Weaver Bend. The Ringed Plover was watching over its chick and got a tad aggressive towards (and even forcing both a Shelduck and Black-headed Gull to back off) other much bigger birds. A Common Snipe dropped into the pools and nearby a Green Sandpiper was at the Lum both presumed returning migrants.
The Weaver estuary had 24 Black-tailed Godwit to add to the usual selection there.
The Weaver Bend still had a breeding pair of Great Crested Grebe, a Little Ringed Plover, 6 Oystercatcher and 34 Tufted Duck.
The Lesser Scaup void was filled by 2 drake and a female Common Teal and an increase in Tufted Duck numbers to 64 birds. Also present was a Redshank, Little Ringed Plover and a Lapwing persistently harassing a Common Buzzard which just wouldn’t leave the reedbed it was cowering in. A Grasshopper Warbler was singing along Lordship Lane.
A fine array of orchids were scattered widely and in numbers and they included Northern Marsh, Spotted and three stalks of Bee Orchid. A tatty looking Painted Lady Butterfly was along the northern banks of No.6 tank along with several Large Skipper and Red Admiral.
Observers: Tony Broome, WSM (and images)