An early morning walk around the Weaver Bend. A Brown Rat had the warblers in an agitated state as it made its way along the path to the river. There were plenty of Swift hawking overhead with smaller numbers of Swallow.
On the river Common Shelduck were in an aggressive mood with several fights taking place while drake Tufted Duck were ganging up on any of the available female they could find. Also on the river were Gadwall and a pair of Common Teal. A Great Black-backed Gull made a failed attempt to take a young Coot off the water. The Shooters’ Pool held more Tufted Duck, Shoverler, Gadwall and again Common Shelduck with Lapwing and their chicks in the nearby fields. Reed and Sedge Warbler were a common sight on the path along the river with Whitethroat and Reed Bunting.
Today I gave No.6 tank a wide berth because of construction traffic which was heavy and I called in at Ince Berth where 2 Little Egret could be seen out on the salt marsh.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.
A Great White Egret was present in the morning on No.3 tank, a welcome surprise after a lengthy period of absenteeism; 9 Whimbrel on the Weaver Bend and the male Marsh Harrier flew over No.6 in a north-easterly direction.
Observer: John Kirkland.
During the evening the Great White Egret relocated to No.6 tank. The first Painted Lady Butterfly of the summer here was spotted.
Observer: Frank Duff.