It’s always a good sign when you are walking along the track between No.6 and 5 tanks and you can hear the call of a Greenshank in the near distance. A quick glance over No.6 tank and the Greenshank is immediately evident with a further five birds. A further short walk and a total of 17 Ruff (all juveniles) were feeding along the waters edge. The evening light was not the best so it wasn’t a surprise to see Lapwings winging in to roost along with 39 Cormorant.
Ducks were surprisingly scarce but 120 Common Teal, a solitary Shoeveler and group of juveniles Shelduck was really about it until 24 Tufted Duck joined them and were presumably birds from the Weaver estuary.
A Peregrine was high up on the blue-topped chimney and a Sparrowhawk which flew low over the mud flushing all the gulls. A couple of Raven left the marsh to the east. Finally, a Yellow Wagtail flew over and a few Chiffchaff were contact calling within the Spindle bushes.
Observers: Paul Booth, WSM (and images).