A late afternoon visit a couple of hours after the high tide. A kettle of 10 Common Buzzard and a Sparrowhawk circling high over the marsh were enjoying the thermal rise. 370 Black-headed Gulls were also circling over No.6 tank and were presumably feasting off the flying ants, as were the hirundines which had join the food bonanza.
The deposit tank looked a little bare but considering the heat haze it would have been a problem getting anything like decent views with the haze and sun direction. However, a few waders were still present with a solitary Ruff, 47 Ringed Plover and 10 Dunlin noted. A mixed flock of both Pied and White Wagtail were mobile flitting across the baked cracked mud of the sludge bed. Frank Duff had 12 Yellow Wagtails later in the day.
Duck species were much reduced and the sound of distant gun shots suggested this may have contributed to their absence. 130 Common Teal, 7 Tufted Duck and 4 Shoveler just about warranted an entry into today’s log.
A Speckled Bush Cricket on the track above No.6 tank this afternoon didn’t appreciate the attention we gave it.
There were several Ruddy, Common and Black Darters about and some Southern Hawkers enjoying the warm weather hunting the track above No.6 tank.
Observers: Sparky, WSM (and images).