It appears that the Avocets in the mitigation area on No.3 tank have deserted their nesting site. Presumably the same birds have relocated and are on territory on a safer area on Weston Marsh lagoon with 3 pairs.
With little activity on both No.3 and 6 tanks we switched our attention to the river opposite Redwall reed bed. A male Cuckoo was feeding along the fence line bordering Redwall with an attendant Meadow Pipit shadowing its every movement.
Most of the summer migrants that were going to stay had done so, and are already with busily tending to defending territories in and around the reed beds by the river. A singing Grasshopper Warbler joined the very vocal Reed and Sedge here and in the hedgerow bordering Brook Furlong Lane was a rattling Lesser Whitethroat.
A pair of Great Crested Grebe chose the sunny sheltered bay that last years RNG had selected to spend its summer. These birds have started to build a raft nest and so intent on amor that they performed their ritualised weed dance right in front of us and a fine example of that display they performed.
Other birds noted included: 120 Tufted Duck, 70 Common Sheluck, 20 Coot, 7 pairs of Gadwall, 100 Black-tailed Godwit and several pairs of territorial Oystercatcher.
Over at Marsh Farm a White Wagtail joined the nesting Pied’s there and a female Greenland Wheatear was present along the pipes on No.1 tank.
Observers: Frank Duff, WSM (and images 1 – 13).