A brief trip to No.6 tank after work had a feeling of autumn with the low cloud rolling in from the Atlantic and a cooler feel in the air. 22 Cormorant flew in from the river to roost with others arriving as I left. The Common Teal flock (one being a little bashful, image opposite) was widely scattered and amounted to 190 birds. 5 Pintail, small numbers of Shoveler, Shelduck and Mallard were also noted. Just like the Cormorants, Lapwing also arrived early and shuffled for position along the waters edge for the safest sleeping spot. 3 Ruff were too busy feeding to care.
There were many Alba Wagtails feeding on the muddy margins on the tank. Nearby Chiffchaff were practising singing and a Reed Warbler was ‘tacking’ low down in a reedy ditch.
Observer & image: WSM