It’s been a while since I last paid a visit to the Weaver Bend so in glorious sunshine I walked along the Weaver Causeway stopping briefly to look over the Weaver Estuary. Birds present on the river included 34 Little and 16 Great Crested Grebe, an incredible 423 Tufted Duck, 4 Pintail, 40 Coot and a selection of shorebirds including a Little Stint.
The Weaver Bend was bird central with 840 Redshank, 1034 Black-tailed Godwit, 40 Dunlin, 7 juvenile Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Turnstone, juvenile Knot, 6 Common Snipe and 57 Lapwing. Ducks were in good numbers with 14 Pintail and 200 Common Teal. Towards dusk a Water Rail emerged from the reedy fringes of the river banks.
Driving along the dirt track at Brook Furlong Lane a Red-legged Partridge refused to move off the track ahead of me and I swear it was doing jazz hands in front of the car headlights!
Observer and images: WSM
Over at the Splashing Pool a Ring-necked Parakeet was sporting a blinging leg iron whilst feeding off the Elder berries…Almost a first for the marsh!
6 Greenshank and several Ruff were along the edge of the water filled eastern sector of No.6 tank. 34 Tufted Duck, 25 Common Shelduck, 4 Pintail and 34 Common Teal.
Observers: Guy Groves, WSM